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What is Stimming & Why Do Autistic People Stim?

What is Stimming? – this week’s video is on the much requested topic of autistic stimming.

 

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  1. It caught my attention when you mentioned biting your hand to focus your attention away from your jammed thumb–and talked about how non-verbals pain can be confusing. In my late twenties, I was in terrible anguish about having to give up a creative profession I loved that sustained me amid a world that did not “get me” at all. I am asexual and neurodivergent without having any idea those things existed at that time–to my family I was not with “the program” and shame was the way to get me in line. I cut myself a few times one day, and their reaction was to have a psychologist (I use that term loosely) shame me, prescribe drugs and try to lock me up. I had enough together to realize I could not depend on them for support, and fled. I can only imagine the panic and despair of those who can not escape that situation. Perhaps you were talking about non-verbal people not being able to communicate that they are in physical pain–I would add that mental pain is possible also, and “cutting” is a form of stimming.
    Thanks for your wonderful work and for finally talking about stimming.

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  2. First, your hair color is amazing. I see a lot of my behaviors and attitude in your videos. Until this video, I hadn’t heard of stimming. I’m in my late 20s and wonder if I’ve been on the autism spectrum, but undiagnosed. I make hand farts, rub my hands, wrist, face and neck. I use my fidget cube to minimize this at work. I have to use both of my hands – mouse and computer. I usually go back and forth from rubbing, to working, to rolling my cube in my hand and working while doing that. I rock back and forth. At home, I make weird sounds, songs and repeat words. I say Yargadarga, oinkaboinka and strange things like that. I often pace and my husband lets me know when I do it. Going back to stereotyping. I’ve always been picky with food when it comes to texture. I know this last part doesn’t have to do with stimming. I appreciate your knowledge and insight. I always chalk it up to, “in a weird mood”. I look foward to watching more of your video blogs.

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    1. I apologize if I was at all offensive. I meant to show that I relate to what you’re saying. You’ve given me some understanding. I like how you said anyone can stim. It’s not just people with autism. I found that interesting and helpful. Wishing you the best. 🙂

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