Artwork by Kal Lawless
The following is a popular old post from my personal blog. -Elliott
For me, it feels like stimming is something that I have to do, otherwise I feel like there is all this energy pent up inside me and it drives me nuts. I cannot imagine what it must be like for people who were/are not permitted to stim. It must be like torture. I’m 20 now and I never grew out of stimming, but my stimming has changed forms. These days, I’ll most often shake my leg, snap my fingers, twitch my hands, etc. In private, I’ll flap my hands, jump, vocalize, shake my head, and rock back and forth. It’s a dynamic thing; it changes from time to time, and environment to environment. It may seem strange to some people that Autistic people do things like this, but I think it serves an important purpose in regulation. For me, I know stimming is a way for me to express my emotions, process my feelings, concentrate better, manage my thoughts, and deal with sensory processes.
-Elliott & The Unpuzzled Project