Being overwhelmed: Autistic version

One Small Step

Today I want to talk about one of the behaviours associated with ASD which is often quite noticeable to others: stimming.

What is stimming?

Stimming stands for “self-stimulation” and as weird as that may sound (it sounded weird to me at first too), it basically refers to repetitive behaviours shown by autistic people in response to stress.

There is a huge variety of behaviours that can be examples of this, for example tapping or hitting yourself, making specific sounds or other repetitive actions. In my case, I squeeze my nose with both hands. I have done this since I was a toddler and always explained it as a sign of excitement or nervousness when people asked about it. I was right in that sense, but I never really considered that it could be a sign of autism.

Is stimming a bad thing?

Stimming is not generally a harmful behaviour. It…

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My name is Nathan Young. I'm the founder of the Autism Candles project. I am a self-advocate. The candle project exist to make a statement about inclusion and opportunity. My email is Feel free to contact me.


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