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Mullybum's picture

Stimming - opinions please

Thu 27 Jun 2013 7:29am

My little boy has just turned 3 and does a lot of stimming. Mainly spinning, running up and down or round in circles. He also flaps a little bit. We don't do anything to stop this. But one stim that is a bit of a concern is hitting himself in the head. (He will do it in anger as well during a tantrum or meltdown but then it's a lot harder.) 

I read recently an article written by an autistic adult that said you should not try to stop stimming unless the person is really going to...

Stimming ??

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Stimming ??

Sat 25 Oct 2014 3:49pm

My son is nearly 3 and has done different forms of what we think is stimming , spinning hands , twirling hair, scratching etc but now my son has started rolling things up like his top while wearing it then uses his hands like a flapping motion to get it back down , he rolls the table cloth , my clothing on me , everytime he goes toilet he has to get a piece of tissue and roll that into a small ball he roll sweet wrappers anything really I just wondered if this was another stim he decided to...


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Tue 15 May 2012 9:17pm

Hi everybody,

Just a quick question re 'stimming' - is this something that should be tolerated or dissuaded/ stopped?

My son has a habit of banging surfaces (table tops, window sills etc..). He seems to do this as a type of a 'stimming' type activity.

Any thoughts?





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Fri 28 Dec 2012 6:52pm

Hi everyone, 

I hope I'm posting this in the right place. I just want to ask a question about stimming. Ethan stims by walking along the radiator with his eyes at the corner, looking at objects by looking out of the corner of his eye and running the item past them and by moving his head side to side as if saying no with his eyes in the corner looking back at the way his head has just turned. 

I'm not in a good place at the moment as we are due to start his...

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vocal stimming

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vocal stimming

Sat 08 Jun 2013 6:19pm

Daniel has started making funny/strange noises and keeps repeating them... is this vocal stimming... it goes like this badda badda buh badda badda buh... sorry another question

whats the difference between normal toddler behaviour and autism toddler behaviour? for e.g tantrums and playing

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