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Posted by Dad on June 05, 2000 at 07:00:57:

In Reply to: can too much social stimulization cause temportary increase in stimming? posted by Tish on June 05, 2000 at 00:57:00:

Often, stimming is a direct response to overstimmulation by outside sources, especially those which the child is not accustomed to (like new settings, people, etc.) By stimming, the child is able to focus on their attention on something very familiar, like the slap of their hand on their forehead, the feel of their hand rubbing on the wall, etc. to shut out the cacophony of strange and often disturbing stimuli.

This is most likely a direct result of sensory integration, so if you are conscienciously keeping your hild to the Diet, with good results so far, this should be diminished. Often, brushing, deep pressure and other forms of therapy can also help ease the need for stimming.

I'm not sure if eliminating stimming completely is a good thing. It is a actusl psychological need for the child to stim, to release the pressures and tensions from sensory integration problems. If others find it odd or disturbing, maybe the stimming can be toned down abit through therapy into something a little less obvious. After all, many, many people stim who are not autistic (I am a tapper), we just don't call it that.

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