What is stimming?
Stimming is doing repetitive things that give you sensory input. For instance:
- Waving your hands
- Rolling a marble
- Playing with a tangle toy
- Repeating words over and over
- Ripping paper
Stimming can be really important for autistic people for several reasons. Some are:
- Stimming can make it easier to think and understand what’s going on
- Stimming can prevent overload or help to pull someone out of overload
- Stimming can be expressive body language.
- It can happen kind of automatically. For people who automatically stim, refraining from doing so can be a drain on cognitive resources and make it impossible or difficult to do anything else