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NuclearBurrito Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually realized that someone had Aspergers or high-functioning autism because I noticed him stimming. All of his other behaviors had gone completely unnoticed, but I started seeing them more after I realized this. (Now that I think of it, his knowledge of certain topics was a little extensive for his age, but since some of them were topics which I also loved, I didn't pay attention to this fact).
EquestrianStrong Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
my nieghbor has High Functioning autism but he talks to himself as a form of stimming, or he goes in his room and plays video games, both of which he completely removes himself from the situation and knows what needs to be done to calm down, and i find that pretty awesome, sometimes even I have issues with calming down in certain situations, but i think thats just lack of understanding because of nto paying attention, or since i have a physical disability sometimes if my friends are doing something i know i cant do i will just remove myself and go calm down because i get worked up that i cant do it like they can if that makes sense, usually they catch me before i get too upset and they help me calm down a lot, by talking to me about it or asking me why im upset. so basically they find what triggers it and we work to stop it so that i can stop it myself soon, and recently, if ive tried to say i cant do something, such as fix my own attitude when i start to think i cant about something, we have started making goals that i can only ask for their help a certain amount of times a week and the numbers change weekly. I have found that setting goals and earning things for reaching them has helped me stay confident and what not.

I went wayyy off topic there at the end- sorry!!!  but yeah no i always distract myself from things if i know it will make me upset and ive seen stimming be that distraction for my neighbor in many occasions.
LykkiRykki Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I used to stem all the time before my autism dog Leo. I used to wind up a swing and spin around.
Cars2fangirl Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh theres lots of things I do to stim, including hand flapping, but my favorite way of stimming is humming. ^^"
xelaalex Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
Hmm, I have to admit I do have a fondness for shaking my hands, particularly when I'm listening to music, could that perhaps be related to stimming?
mdchan Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
That's possible.  I tend to twirl my hair when I watch anime when it's not an action scene; I always figured it was some form of stimming between scenes, and if you do something similar, it probably is stimming.
xelaalex Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
yeah, also I used to have involuntary muscle spasms when I was a child, sometimes I would go into head banging frenzies without even realizing it, I don't know how strongly that could be related to autism though.
mdchan Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I've always thought muscular spasms were closer to Tourettes and that end.  I also have OCD, and I've noticed that sometimes, I'll involuntarily twitch my head slightly to one side.  I could be wrong, but I was under the impression that the two were close on their own 'spectrum'.
Don't quote me on any of that; I haven't delved as much into my OCD as I have into my Asperger's.
xelaalex Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
Hmm, probably just a nervous twitch then, I was just wondering.
little-shining-fox Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
I tend flap my hands a bit, but I never really understood why. I always thought it was a form of nervous habit or something, thanks for posting this.
SavvyRed Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for letting people know that!  I have a lot of friends with Asperger's Syndrome, and I didn't know about stimming.  I did notice that all of them had either some type of physical awkwardness or movements, but I didn't know about stimming itself.

It's horrible that people stare at you.  I don't like being stared at, but unfortunately, I have Schizoaffective Disorder, and it causes me to have extreme paranoia if I'm having symptoms.  I have a tendency to stare at people.  If a stranger has any kind of visible non-normative characteristic, I can't help but stare.  I try so hard not to stare.  I don't mean any harm, and the fact that I stare harder usually means I feel even more passionate about not staring at that person.  I don't think I should be shown any sympathy for this symptom even though I can't help it.  I am very sensitive and hate it when I think someone is making fun of me or showing me any disrespect, so I have no right to think I should be able to do the same to other people.

So if, by some strange coincidence, you see a short, heavyset, pale 26-year-old Chinese American girl with messy long black hair and bangs and a right eye slightly smaller than the left staring at you, know that I don't mean you any harm.
WolfofEnder Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I try not to flap ^^;
The-Badger-Wolf Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
A few of my characters actually do that. This is actually the first time (I think) that I haven't seen Kairy-wolf angry.
mdchan Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Most of the second season of AuTalkz features a happier Kairy, actually.  At least, I hope it does.  The satire was meant to have him with such expressions, but since this isn't a satire anymore (though, I sometimes can't help some of that type of humor from dripping in), he grins a lot more.
The-Badger-Wolf Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
He's a good wolfie.
Ranki-Chee Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014   General Artist
Haha, I'm quite a stimming maniac, mostly twirling in my seat or playing with my hair or stroking on things xDD
SchrodingersMeerkat Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My favorite stim is biting people.
ReddRedPanda Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
I tend to rock back and forth when I get stressed. It makes me feel better, but it unfortunately draws unwanted attention. I also pace a lot too, though I'm not sure if that has anything to do with my autism or not. It certainly isn't my OCD, since I'm not doing it as a compulsion. 
ryanproductions14 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

I use to flap my hands ^^;. Then it was trying to make that sound that classic cartoon characters do when they shake their head :stare:. Now I feel like I don't have it :meow:.

If you've watched "The Middle" there's a kid named Brick in it that has his little quirks too :aww:.

landonbay Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
hmm.....I tend to walk around.
Lizlovestoons12 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Hey, I kinda like this!
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