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A Story about Stimming

Easy-to-understand story explaining stimming to children.

Children who stim can sometimes

feel self-conscious, which may negatively impact their self-esteem.

 

Their peers may be confused by their stimming and lack the understanding to respond supportively.

 

A 'Story about Stimming'  helps both neurodivergent & neurotypical children

to understand stimming, promoting neurodiversity and building confidence.

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Stimming Explained

What are examples of stimming?

 

Stimming could be a wide range of actions, such as spinning, hand flapping, or head banging. It can often involve an object, such as repeatedly twisting or flicking something. Often, these actions engage the senses. It's all part of people's unique way of experiencing the world around them.



Why is stimming important? How is stimming helpful?


Sensory regulation:

First off, it can help with sensory regulation. Often, neurodivergent children can feel bombarded and overwhelmed with the sights, sounds, and sensations of everyday life. Stimming gives them a way to dial down the sensory overload and find their zen in a chaotic world.


Communication:

Stimming can also be used as a way to communicate their feelings and needs. Whether they're bursting with joy, feeling anxious, or simply vibing to their own rhythm, stimming helps them express themselves loudly and clearly. A child might flap their hands excitedly to convey joy or rock back and forth to signal distress. Understanding and respecting these cues is vital for promoting emotional well-being and fostering meaningful connections.

 


Self-Soothing:

Like a soothing melody, stimming provides a calming rhythm that helps children regulate their emotions and reduce anxiety. Whether they're feeling overwhelmed by a noisy environment or facing a challenging situation, engaging in stimming can offer a sense of solace and security.
 


Self-Identity:

Stimming is an integral part of many neurodiverse individuals' identities. It reflects their unique sensory experiences and emotional nuances, contributing to a deeper understanding of themselves. By embracing their stimming behaviors, children can develop a positive sense of self-esteem and self-acceptance.



Should I stop my child stimming?

No, stimming is important for regulation, it is something that your child may need to do do to make themselves feel better. In the past, many well-meaning caregivers and educators mistakenly believed that stimming should be discouraged or eliminated. However, it is now thought that suppressing stimming can be detrimental to a child's well-being, leading to increased stress and anxiety. Instead, it's important to create a supportive environment where stimming is accepted and accommodated. However, safety risks should always be taken into consideration.
 

 


Can you stim and not be autistic?

Do only neurodivergent people stim? 

No, both neurodivergent and neurotypical people can stim and it has been observed across diverse populations and throughout history. Everyone has their own way of regulating and relaxing; for example, some people bite their nails when they are anxious, others twirl their hair, some pace around the room—so in a way, everyone stims!



Explaining stimming to children:

Stimming is a complicated but important concept for children to understand. Sometimes, children who are stimming can feel self-conscious, which may negatively impact their self-esteem. Their peers may be confused by their stimming and lack the understanding to respond supportively.

Developing an understanding of stimming is important for developing children’s self-esteem, acceptance of differences, empathy, and understanding of others. It is also important for neurodiversity and promoting neuro-inclusivity.

But how can you explain such a complicated concept to a child? Our eBook,

'A Story about Stimming' can help!

 

 

 

Designed using simple language, visuals, and rhyme, it engages children’s imaginations while helping them learn about stimming in a way that is easy for them to grasp.

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Ever wondered why your child keeps repeating the same action? Or why do they make the same

sound over and over again?

They could be stimming—a way of keeping their sensory and emotional needs in balance.

What exactly is stimming?

 

Stimming, short for self-stimulatory behavior, is defined as those repetitive movements or sounds that help people relax, express themselves, and navigate the wild rollercoaster of sensory and emotional input.

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