What is stimming?

What Is Stimming?

Self-stimulatory behavior also known as stimming, is repetitive or unusual body movements and/or noises.

Most people tend to stim, for example, it may be that they play with their hair while talking to a friend or cracking their knuckles before a task. However, when stimming interferes with everyday activities and learning, it is often a symptom of Autism. Many children and teenagers with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) stim and may continue to stim throughout their lives.

The amount and type of stimming varies a lot from individual to individual. For example, a child may just have mild hand mannerisms, whereas another may spend a lot of time stimming.

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