National Stim Day Anyone?

An idea is born: National Stim Day. So many autistic individuals have stims that cause them to be stared at or mistreated by strangers and non-strangers. Truth be told, we all have stims, odd little self-comforting gestures or behaviors to soothe ourselves. Let's make the world an easier place for everyone. Wear your stim with pride. Ooooh, buttons! To stim or not to stim.

Kathleen wrote a wonderful post that touched on stimming and how to make the world a more accepting place for our children (and ourselves, in all honesty) and their stimming behavior. http://autismherd.blogspot.com/2009/10/to-eeee-or-not-to-eeee.html

And from that post, the idea of a National Stim Day is born.

I think buttons. Really.

"I Stim"

"Good Stim to you"

"What's it stim you?"

"It's all stims to me"

We all have quirks. We all have issues. Some of us have a bit more. People and society need to bend a little and deal with it a little better. It is our infinite diversity that makes us interesting, exciting, fascinating people. And we all are that: interesting and fascinating people.

Why should it only be the beauty pageant winners who get to hand flap with acceptance? Seriously? They hand flap. And that's fine. In that context. They frikkin practice handflapping.

It's time for a change. Time for more acceptance. Time to quit hiding our own stims. :-)


Chromesthesia said...

Stimming feels good.
I tend to do this thing with my fingers, flap when I see a cool bug or hear good music and rock back and forth.

Though at a job if I'm listening to cool music I must foot stim.

NightStorm The Aspiewolf said...

*Smile* I do stim a lot a work, it's nice to feel that I won't get repriemanded for handflapping or humming or rocking back and forth :3

kathleen said...

I agree! We need to be more STIMulating!!! All sySTIMS go! We can go about life STIMMINGly!
I think that I am so accustomed to stimming-I tend to notice when someone doesn't. :)

Anonymous said...

Great idea! I'm totally on board!

Clay said...

Sometimes, I stim by making up parody songs.

Our buddy Mitchell lives very near Disneyland, but he can't go there anymore, because everyone else there is happy, but Ol' Grumblepuss stands out like a man who's just been skinned alive. Instead, he stays home singing:

Zippadeedoodah, zippadeeay,
My, oh my, what a miserable day!
Just sittin' at home, with my mommy,
Nothin' to do here, nothin' to say!

Mister Bluebird, out my window,
What's the truth? Are you free?
Won't you please trade places with me?
Zippadeedoodah, zippadeeay,
Miserable feeling, miserable day!


Corina Becker said...

National Stim Day? Gee Kim, why stop there? Make that INTERNATIONAL Stim Day, cause we love our stimming too up here in the north :D

Roger Kulp said...

Not everybody enjoys stimming.It is not fun,and in my case,it is usually done when there is also severe cognitive impairments.Unlike Asperger's, nothing in autism happens in a vacuum.Fortunately now that I am on high dose Omega 3 oil,I no longer stim anymore,and I am a much happier person,who can function a lot better because of it.

KWombles said...

International it is, Corina. :-)

Roger, you miss the point, completely. While I am glad you are happier and are functioning better, you are making a blanket and inaccurate assumption about stimming, about autism, about Aspergers, and about our children and their respective diagnoses. And about what we mean when we call for acceptance for our children and for adults who stim.

Here we are advocating for people not to belittle, look down on, or judge negatively individuals who have self-soothing behaviors that may appear odd to outsiders. We're pointing out that NTs may have very similar stims, as well, but are better able to conceal those stims in public or substitute more socially acceptable stims.

And no one said a word about all stims being enjoyable or all people who stim enjoying the stims. It was not, in fact, about the stims themselves, but the lack of acceptance and lack of understanding for people who may not be able to not stim in public.

Now, why I'm bothering to explain this to a person who has demonstrated an inability to actually come back, really read the words that have been written and engage in a constructive dialogue is beyond me. But there you have it, nonetheless.

And seriously, nothing is done in a vacuum period. Period. You are very much mistaken if you think any of my positions regarding autism or neurodiversity are based on Aspergers. My son and youngest daughter are diagnosed with autistic disorder. Only my middle child fits in with an Asperger's diagnosis. And yet, there is very little difference in behaviors. What distinguishes my son from his sisters is his cognitive impairment, more so than the language delay, and the cognitive impairment is the result of a stroke.

Once, Roger, just once, it would be awesome if you could not distort something or actually engage in dialogue.

Louise said...

Roger is just a lookin for a whack on tha behind! Yes you are Roger! Dang if he don't make my bosoms bounce! An not in a good way neither!

Brandonsrecovery said...

You are making light of something very serious. And the way you talk to Roger...you people are sick.

KWombles said...

In point of fact, Brandonsrecovery, no we're not making light of self-stims; we're discussing the lack of tolerance and acceptance of our children by society. We're advocating doing something to make society more tolerant and accepting of quirks and stims, and admitting we all have them.

And we talk to Roger like he's our equal and can be held accountable for his words and actions.

Perhaps your reading comprehension is significantly impaired?