It's stimming, short for the medical term self-stimulatory behaviours - a real mouthful.
Stimming might be rocking, head banging, repeatedly feeling textures or squealing. You'll probably have seen this in people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) but not really wanted to ask about it.
It is a term used widely in the ASD community.Why do people with autism stim?
There are many reasons. The world-renowned animal behaviourist Temple Grandin is on the spectrum and says most people stim simply because it feels good.
Should stimming be stopped?
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