Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Cause of Stimming: What's your stim?

Everyone has a stim I play with my hair while chatting with a friend. Maybe you bite your nails when you’re nervous or bored. You may tap your fingers or pencil on a desk while you’re thinking. I once knew someone who chewed on sticks of cinnamon bark, and I’ve noticed some who move their eyes in an unusual way. I can recognize certain people from far away just by their distinctive movements. We all know someone who has an annoying stim like cracking their knuckles every 5 minutes or repeating a phrase over and over; or a socially unacceptable stim such as nose-picking or biting oneself.
 Click here to read ways to deal with stimming.