At long last, some research and discussion on stimming, from the perspective of actually autistic adults.
“Through interviews and focus groups, we asked 32 autistic adults to share their perceptions and experiences of stimming, including the reasons they stim, any value doing so may hold for them and their perceptions of others’ reactions to stimming. Using thematic analysis, we identified two themes: stimming as (1) a self-regulatory mechanism and (2) lacking in social acceptance, but can become accepted through understanding. Autistic adults highlighted the importance of stimming as an adaptive mechanism that helps them to soothe or communicate intense emotions or thoughts and thus objected to treatment that aims to eliminate the behaviour.”
This remarkable and extremely helpful book is written by an Autistic woman who also has Autistic children. I downloaded the sample from iBooks, and was totally impressed at the clear concise writing on the example of Christmas with Autistic children. For example, did you know that receiving presents wrapped up can be extremely stressful and cause panic? One suggestion was giving the presents in open topped bags, and possibly giving the person some private time to examine their present.
Another suggestion for any event when you have autistic guests; provide a quiet space separate from the party for dinner, where they can “retune” and calm themselves down if needed.
(heck, I am not autistic myself and I sometimes need a place to hide for a few minutes and chill out in a gathering)
(The iBook link is provided in this Book description from the publisher)
“It’s an Autism Thing – I’ll help you understand”
— Read on stass.worldsecuresystems.com/publications/whats-new/its-an-autism-thing-ill-help-you-understand
This woman presents an audio clip giving a very factual description of what an #ActuallyAutistic meltdown can be like and what can cause them to occur
Last week I posted a very short video explaining what autistic meltdowns and shutdowns are in just over two minutes. Since posting I’ve had some questions so this week I took the time to answer a few reader questions in this audio clip.
via All About Autistic Meltdowns & Shutdowns (Audio Only) — Neurodivergent Rebel