Stimming is an adaptive behaviour that performs a positive function

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Autism Speaks loves funding mouse-model studies like this one which looks into the possible causes for repetitive behaviours. I’m a fan of science but I can’t help thinking about all the communication devices for non-speaking autistic people that $120,000 could have purchased.

In the resources section of the Autism Speaks website you’ll find countless practitioners who will work with you to reduce or eliminate those pesky “inappropriate” behaviours.

What many autistic people have been telling us for years is that these behaviours perform a positive function and that the only people who seem to find them problematic are non-autistic people – because it makes them feel uncomfortable.

These are two of my favourite posts on stimming:

Quiet Hands from Just Stimming

Socially Inappropriate from Musings of an Aspie

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Image description: A line drawing of hands flapping is shown on a purple background together with the following text – did you know? Stimming…

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