Vocabulary: stimming


Title: House Rules
Author: Jodi Picoult
Sentence: I glance around the store, mentally calculating whether it would cause more of a scene to try to get Jacob out of here before the stimming turns into a full-blown breakdown or whether I can talk him through this.
Page: 8

Word: stim
Definition:
  • to self-stimulate;
  • (specifically) among autistic people, to fixate on a comforting or compelling thing or action (such as rocking or humming);
   Source: Double Tounged Dictionary

Stim, stims or stimming is short for “self stimulation”. Almost everyone does it(tapping feet, cracking knuckles, twiddling thumbs), but in autistic people these behaviors are more pronounced and may seem downright strange. Autistic people often engage in stimming when they are stressed, to self regulate and sometimes to express emotion.

Common autistic stims are: rocking back and forth, headbanging(not the music kind), finger flicking/rippling, spinning, humming, repeating words or sounds and complex body contortions.

Source: [Urban Dictionary](http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=stimming)

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