A Short Journey into Understanding Stimming and Autism

by | Jan 5, 2024 | Building Blocks

Hey Bounce Back crew! If you’re curious about learning and fostering empathy, you are in luck! In this blog, we’re diving into a crucial aspect of autism – stimming. In this video, Paloma and Kelsey share their personal experiences on the diverse ways it manifests. Paloma, who is on the spectrum, and  Kelsey, who doesn’t have autism, but has close connections to those on the spectrum, embark on a journey to explore stimming and its significance.

I’m Autistic. Stop Shaming Me for My Stimming!

Understanding Autism and Stimming

Autism is not a one-size-fits-all experience; it varies for each person. Paloma, for instance, is verbal but may go nonverbal in certain situations. She also has sensory sensitivities, making physical touch, like hugs, sometimes feels overwhelming. Stimming, short for self-stimulation, is a repetitive action that serves as a stimulation for autistic individuals. It helps regulate sensory experiences, especially when feeling overstimulated or understimulated. In her video above, Paloma shares her stimming technique – shaking her hands – as a way to release built-up energy and overwhelming emotions

The Unseen Struggle of Stimming in Public

Stimming is often misunderstood, and many individuals may face judgment when expressing these behaviors in public. Paloma was honest about the shame she sometimes feels when people stare or mock her, emphasizing the need for a more accepting and understanding society. I also express a wish for greater visibility and acceptance of stimming practices to reduce the isolation and shame associated with it. This is part of the reason why we made this video and blog!

Paloma and Kelsey’s Stimming Experiment

To bridge the gap of understanding, Paloma teamed up with Kelsey to explore stimming exercises. Kelsey, who does not have autism, provides a unique perspective as she tries out these exercises. Her willingness to engage in these activities offers a glimpse into the world of those on the spectrum, fostering empathy and breaking down stereotypes. Why don’t you try going through with these yourself, maybe you can learn something new!

Kelsey’s Reflection on Stimming

Kelsey shares her experience as someone without autism attempting stimming exercises in the video. She admits feeling a bit awkward initially but acknowledges the therapeutic aspect of the experience. She highlights the importance of not hiding or feeling ashamed of behaviors that one can’t control. Why don’t you share your reflections with someone you trust? Or if you want, with BBG directly on our social media accounts! These reflections emphasize the need to embrace each other’s differences, fostering a more understanding and supportive community.

A Wrap-Up

In our exploration of stimming and autism, we’ve uncovered the diversity of experiences within the spectrum. Stimming is a valuable coping mechanism for many, and understanding and acceptance can contribute to a more inclusive society. By sharing Paloma’s and Kelsey’s journey, we hope to encourage empathy, break down stigmas, and create a world where everyone, regardless of neurodiversity, feels seen, accepted, and embraced. Thank you for joining us on this insightful adventure!

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About Nasser Albaqqal

Nasser Albaqqal is a 22 year old immigrant from Yemen who has been working with BBG since 2022. A graduate of San Jose State University, he is passionate about empowering individuals, families, and organizations to bounce back from the effects of toxic stress and trauma. His goal is to spread knowledge and understanding about the power of resilience and provide practical tools and resources to help people rid themselves of bad habits as a response to stress. Through the work he does, Nasser hopes to create content and blogs that not only meet the needs of the audience, but also helps them build and launch long-term successful recoveries.


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