Stimming? What is it? Why is it? Can we control it?.
I am certainly no therapist or doctor, but I have seen my fair share of stimming. Stimming is any self-stimulating repetitive action or movement. Almost EVERYONE "STIMS" from time to time – tapping your foot, kicking your leg when crossed, tapping the table with your fingers, cracking your knuckles….
For people on the spectrum and many with traumatic pasts, stimming can become socially challenging. Examples of stereotypical stimming for these kids includes –
repetition of words/phrases,
smelling object or fingers,
humming or shrieking,
chewing on inedible objects,
If a child in your life “stims” regularly, you know it! Interestingly, however, if you stim, you probably don’t notice it! THEY DON'T EITHER! My adopted daughter makes crazy noises with her throat ALL THE TIME and she does not realize she is doing it. AND calling it to her attention usually MAKES IT WORSE..
I now realize that she has done this since she came home (and probably before) when she is nervous or out of sorts. It is very hard to be patient with it because it seems she is doing it to purposefully be annoying – but she is not..
STAY TUNED FOR MORE ON STIMMING and some ideas and resources that may help with this type of behavior!.
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One of the last towns that we visited while in Germany was Mindelburg. It isn't too far from Munich, but it certainly felt like we were some of the only tourists in the town. Although we did see a few more, there were certainly not many.
Additionally, we wanted to get up to this Castle on the top of the hill. Google led us up a fairly steep side road that looked as if nobody actually used it for driving. Plus it was simply covered in round slippery nuts that had fallen from the numerous trees covering the road. On top of that, it was a wet day and the edge of the road was a rather quick drop into a ravine. I only kept going up because I determined that it was more dangerous to try to reverse back down.
When we finally made it to the top of that road, there were a few things: 1) a woman who looked startled that we came up from that road, 2) this Castle, and 3) a paved roadway that was clear and easy from the other direction. Thanks Google! We took that road on the way out.