Stimming — you’ve heard the phrase from other parents who have a child on the spectrum, but what does it mean? Stimming is a shortened version of the phrase self-stimulatory behavior. This type of behavior can be anything from arm flapping to spinning a wheel or other repetitive behavior. It may seem out of the ordinary for us, but it is actually a soothing action for a child on the spectrum.
As many stimming actions may not seem “normal” or socially acceptable, it’s important to understand why it makes our children happy and relaxed. In doing so, we then can find a different action that is more acceptable in society that still gives them that same happy feeling.Whizzco