Stimming 101

Another great post from strangerdarkerbetter.

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What is stimming?

Stimming is self-stimulating behavior that is typically repetitive in nature.

The term stimming was coined by the autistic community to  discuss what is often referred to by professionals as “stereotypy” and described in the DSM-5 as “stereotyped or repetitive motor movements, use of objects, or speech (e.g., simple motor stereotypes, lining up toys or flipping objects, echolalia, idiosyncratic phrases).”

Uh…can you give me some examples?

Sure! Stimming includes a wide range of actions including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Hand flapping
  • Rocking
  • Foot tapping
  • Rubbing one’s face
  • Spinning
  • Finger wiggling
  • Repetitive vocalizations
  • Doodling
  • Hair twirling
  • And much more!

Why do people stim?

Lots of reasons! Most of the reasons fall under the following categories:

  • Sensory Regulation: for Autistic people and people with SPD, stimming is a way to provide sensory input to avoid understimulation as well as a way to replace or block out…

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Author: yarnandpencil

I'm a Christian on the autistic spectrum blogging about life and my art/craft practice.

5 thoughts on “Stimming 101”

  1. Great post as usual Yarn – l have stimmed all of my life – as a kid l was a rocking rolling overwhelmed stim – these days only a few – l have learned to not stim so wildly – having said that of course in the comfort of my bubble l still stim like crazy!! Sometimes l get so hyper stimmed up, l am like a nut loose!!

    On a side note, would you like to participate in this new series l am running on a guy Called Bloke? [Truly Inspired]

    If you would like to, drop me a line at the email at the bottom and l will post out the questions or should you wish, complete them and send them to the same email and l will write them up 🙂

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