Stimming, or “self-stimulatory” behaviours are human behaviours
Stimming is self-stimulatory behaviour and is often a way that Autistics regulate our emotions. It can be calming, it can be enjoyable, and sometimes it can signal to others that something is wrong.
Stimming can be extremely important for many Autistics and should not be prevented unless it is harmful or dangerous, in which case a safer alternative should be found.
Stimming has many important functions and its uses will be different for everybody.
Despite the fact that everybody stims, many Autistics have been mistreated in an effort to “teach” them to not stim, or to stim in ways that neurotypicals have arbitrarily decided are acceptable.
I understand parents don’t want their children bullied or picked on for being different. I have news for you though: We will always be different, regardless of how many hours of therapy we are subjected to.
Our differences can be pretty damn awesome if we’re given the love, support, and acceptance we need to allow our strengths to shine through.
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