Updated: Feb 26, 2019
What is stimming?
Stimming is self-stimulatory behaviour most frequently observed in children with autism. Flapping of hands, tapping, rocking, and spinning are all types of stimming. There are also verbal stims which include repetition of certain words and phrases.
Even among the general population, many engage in some sort of self-stimulatory action. For example, some people like to bite their nails, play with their hair, pick at a zit/scab, etcetera.
Why do children with autism stim so much?