Ever wondered why autistics stim or what stimming is?

Not all autistics stim and just because you stim doesn’t mean you are autistic. Stimming
can be for many different reasons.
I often use vocal stimming by repeating words over and over, often saying the words as
fast as I can.
This is how I clear the clutter and unfinished thoughts in my head so I can focus on new
Sometimes I will add another repetitive action like a hand flapping movement or
bouncing on the spot.
My life wasn’t always about embracing my autistic self, when I was younger, before I
found my voice.
I would bounce and flap my hands, I was often teased and laughed at.
Some adults around me would tell me not to stim because I guess it embarrassed them,
and they didn’t like the stares or whispers, my heart became hurt and sad because I
couldn’t be me.
I wanted to shout this is how I self-regulate.
My stimming wasn’t being disrespectful, harmful nor was it interfering with anyone or the
life they live.
I had to stop doing something that made me feel happy, helped me stay focused on
tasks and was a way that I could self-regulate.
If the adults around me educated members of the community and my peers instead of
trying to change me.
I may not have had self-esteem and mental health challenges on the level that I do now.
I may have used stimming as a self-regulation outlet instead of self-harming.
Stimming is how I divert my negative mindset.
Stimming is how I remain focused and relax.


Published by Autistic Perspectives

__________ Summer Farrelly is 15-year-old Autistic Advocate, Public speaker, Inclusion & Education Consultant, Artist, Chicken Whisperer, Animal Assisted Learning Program Creator & Facilitator , Animal Therapies LTD Ambassador and The A List Ambassador. A daughter of a late diagnosed autistic mother and a sister of two autistic brothers. Summer believes her lived experience as an autistic individual and living within a family that consists of multiple autistic members, each with their own complexities, will provide both a relatable and diverse perspective For the last 5 years Summer has been sharing her personal insight and the benefits of human and animal connection. Often stepping out of her comfort zone sharing vulnerable, raw, and real moments of life challenges faced by young autistic teens in hope to educate and inspire others. Summer has become a recognised and valued contributor within the Animal Assisted Learning and Therapy platforms. Summer’s connection with animals has provided her with the strength needed to navigate life as an autistic teen who faces daily challenges of self-harm, ADD, PTSD, anxiety, Reactive depression, and Dyslexia. Summer’s journey is about understanding herself emotionally through their connection with animals more importantly this journey is about understanding herself and practicing self-care. About Animal Assisted Learning Program ‘Chickens to Love’ Summer developed Animal Assisted Learning Program Chickens to Love for Autistic and other Neurodivergent people (this includes anyone who may be ADHD, ADD, ABI or anyone whose brain is not considered “typical”). I created Chickens to Love as an inclusive program, to benefit everyone and include everyone, because neurodiversity is part of biodiversity. We all can benefit from understanding ourselves, our emotions, and the perspectives of others. Our communities must understand and learn the importance of a deeper level of compassion, empathy, and acceptance of differences. Neurodivergent people, are often encouraged or forced to fit in to everyone else’s way of seeing the world. The Cultivation of self-esteem in ones self-starts with self-love, self-acceptance and having the ability to embrace one’s true authentic self. Chickens to Love is designed from a neurodivergent and animal (Chicken) perspective to better understand social dynamics, emotions (ours and other people’s), other people’s perspectives, consent, respectful touch, resilience, self-acceptance, empowerment and how to self-advocate. Animals can change our lives. Never underestimate the power of them!

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