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Understanding stimming

What is Stimming?

Stimming refers to self-stimulatory behaviours, which can involve repetitive movements or actions, such as hand-flapping, rocking, tapping a foot, humming or visual stimming like watching patterns or small movements. These actions provide sensory input, comfort, and help regulate emotions. It's key to remember that stimming is a natural and healthy way for autistic individuals to cope with our surroundings. It is an integral part of autistic culture, and it should be understood and respected.


Is Stimming Considered 'Normal'?

Yes, stimming is perfectly normal. Everyone stims! However, for a neurodivergent person, it may be more intense or occur more frequently. Stimming is a way of expressing oneself and finding comfort in a world that can feel overwhelming at times. Rather than discouraging or trying to stop stimming, it's crucial to provide a safe and accepting environment where autistic individuals can embrace their unique ways of self-expression.


Does Stimming Draw Unwanted Attention?

While stimming can sometimes attract attention from others who may not understand, it's essential to remember that inclusivity and acceptance are key. By educating ourselves and spreading understanding, we can help create a society where differences are celebrated. Therefore, the next time you encounter someone stimming, remember to respond with empathy and kindness, creating a space that acknowledges and respects their needs.


What Are The Benefits Of Stimming?

Stimming has numerous benefits for autistic individuals. It can help us to self-regulate, relieve stress and anxiety, enhance concentration, and promote self-soothing. By supporting autistic individuals to be themselves and stim, we're empowering them to navigate a world that may otherwise be overwhelming. Stimming is a way of expressing authenticity and should be looked upon as a strength and strategy.


How Can We Support Autistic Individuals?

Aside from being understanding and inclusive, there are many other ways to show support. Educating oneself about autism, promoting acceptance and encouraging open conversations about neurodiversity are some of the ways. Together, we can create a world where everybody feels accepted and included.


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