Stimming (Self-stimulatory Behaviour / Repetitive Stereotyped Activity) – 1

In her seminal book "The Autistic Spectrum" (1996), Lorna Wing, OBE, FRCPsych, described what she identified as Repetitive Stereotyped Activities, to be "the other side of the coin of impairment of imagination" (pg. 45). The Autistic community has come to embrace the term stimming (as the shortened form for self-stimulation), which unfortunately acknowledges only one … Continue reading Stimming (Self-stimulatory Behaviour / Repetitive Stereotyped Activity) – 1

Stimming vs Fidgeting…

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 … Continue reading Stimming vs Fidgeting…