Stimming is known as involving repetitive movements or sounds and is a self-stimulating behavior. Everyone stims in one way or another, even if it’s not clear to others.
Is known also as a part of the diagnosis criteria for autism. Stimming is not always related to autism, but in autistic people this can get out of control and even cause problems.
Even that stimming is not a bad thing, but it should be addressed. For most of us, this is not a harmless behavior. While in autistic people, stimming might seem to be more obvious. Such as twirling, flapping hands, body rocking back and forth and more.
Stimming may become an issue if it interferes with learning or when it is destructive.
Quantity of this behavior
This varies from person to person, it may be when you are stressed or multiple times a day. For autistic people, this can continue for hours and may be difficult to stop.
Why it happens
It is not easy to give the reason for stimming, while it can serve for a variety of purposes
For example an autistic person may try to;
- adapt to an unfamiliar environment
- reduce anxiety
- decrease sensory overload
- express frustration
- avoid activities
It can be an attempt to ease physical discomfort or pain. But can it be controlled?
This doesn’t need to be controlled, but when it is causing any problems you have to get a consultation.
It may need a management if you answer yes to these;
- Does it affect the ability to learn?
- Is it disruptive at school?
- Has it caused social isolation?
- Does it cause problems for others?
- Is it dangerous or destructive?
If it harms contact with a doctor right away. Otherwise, stimming is better to be managed. Your goal is not to control them, but to encourage them to self-control.