Stimming gets a bad rap with some neurotypicals. While everyone would agree that stims that are self-harming should be stopped, some experts advise parents to reduce stims because they can be “disruptive and upsetting to others.” In other words, stims should be stopped so that autistics look and act more like “normal” people.
While seeking more accepting attitudes toward stimming, I came across an amazing web comic series called “The ABC of stimming.” Seeing “D is for dangling string” was an “aha!” moment for me. Philip has always loved to dangle objects. I recognized him in this immediately. In addition to string, Philip loves to dangle, well, almost anything. Sometimes he holds the objects, other times he tapes or hangs them up to enjoy.
To show the variety of items that Philip dangles, I thought I would assemble some photos to share. Not all of my pictures are of the highest quality since, in addition to dangling, Philip also enjoys simultaneously swaying, spinning, jumping, and running. This leads to many blurry pics or photos of the space where Philip once stood.