Yes! I wholeheartedly agree. Stimming may be embarrassing to some, or maybe to others around them, but if this applies to you, please, please consider giving yourself permission to do so whenever you need to. It’s a natural and healthy activity. Excellent post that goes into much better–and much clearer–detail than any of my posts on this topic. Liberty of Thinking is a fabulous blogger of a fabulous blog. One of my earliest friends on the Asperger’s/autism spectrum. I find his balance of logic and feeling very cool (for lack of a better word! I’ll try to come up with a better one ASAP). 🙂 ❤
I personally think it is unfortunate that many NDs have so easily accepted that stimming is “just” the autistic version of fidgeting, because as I see it, the difference is actually neurobiological.
The problem starts with wrongly associating stimming with anxiety relief, concentration and other similar, secondary types of human behaviour, because while fidgeting does certainly and most of the time unconsciously assist with especially concentration or stress relief, stimming, as a behaviour sequence mostly specific to autistic conditions, is actually a primary neurobiological undertaking, with a very clear role in an autistic individual’s life.
If an autistic person would observe themselves while stimming, they would notice that the stimming activity they are engaged in, requires their dedicated attention, through which the stimming routine is carried out according to a deeply ingrained routine. Stimming is as important as any other autistic routine, probably even more important, because…
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