Autistic Acceptance Month – Stims

A dragon in the shape of an infinity symbol that is rainbow coloured like the neurodiversity symbol

The artist for the above image is @Kayas_Kosmos!


I don’t have many tangible stims, or stim ‘toys’ (I prefer accessibility aids). I do a lot of stimming but I don’t have anything at the moment.

  • I tap each of my fingers to my thumb
  • I bite my nails
  • I play with my beard
  • I play with ribbon pieces randomly
  • I rotate my wedding ring
  • I suck the insides of my cheeks
  • I chew on the edges of mon tongue
  • I put pressure from my tongue on the top of my mouth
  • I grind my teeth
  • I type a lot – I think this is stimming for me
  • I pet my cats
  • To be honest most of the time I just shake subtlety by bouncing my knee.

I need to get something at some point – I need something to chew, but I just can’t afford anything right now. So I will keep using the ones that give me ulcers and aren’t actually that bad.

I never really stim in public. People look at me strangely – I don’t like feeling like an alien if I can avoid it so I just bottle up the stress – there’s always the ability to meltdown at home. Just have to keep it in, with a smile.

Daily blog challenge

I will be writing every day on Autism for April using this list of prompts:

Alt-Text Format with links to other blogs – Autism Acceptance Month – 30 Days of Acceptance and appreciation:

Published by roryreckons

I am an ADHD/Autism Coach as well as ADHD/Autism/OCD/CPTSD advocate and independent ADHD/Autism researcher. I am an ADHD/Autism Coach who trained through the ADD Coaching Academy. I write mainly about ADHD/Autism/OCD/Mental health issues, but will also discuss morality, abolition, and current affairs occasionally.

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