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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.



  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.


    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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