If you don’t know what stimming is, you probably don’t understand autism very much. I never really knew what autism was either and I didn’t much care until my child received his diagnosis.
I was so scared about my son’s future after learning he had autism. I had no clue how to actually help him or even make sense of his needs.
What kind of parent doesn’t know how to help their kid?!
Me! I had no clue what to do. But I was that parent! Maybe you are too. That’s why understanding what stimming is matters so much if you want to help your autistic loved one. *Spoiler understanding stimming helps lots of other people, including you!*
Being able to understand stimming takes the fear out of the unknown aspects of autism, at least it did for me.
The Case of Sensational Stims helps parents understand the parts of sensory differences that autistic children don’t have the language to explain.
And it explains stimming so simply, even children understand. It’s on Amazon.
When I learned my child was autistic, I was afraid. I was a first-time parent and was already worried I’m screwing up.
This news sent me over the edge.
I couldn’t even explain what autism meant. I felt scared and helpless. Autism always seemed like something bad. Words like “suspicious”, “symptoms”, and “red flags” were now being used to describe my child. I was so conflicted. My baby was good. How could he be these bad things?
I didn’t realize the impact of this language until years later. That’s when I wrote this book for you. I don’t want any person to feel the way I felt.
I know now it wasn’t autism that was the problem. It was how much I didn’t know. It was also how poorly autism was explained to me.
Autism was always presented like some lurking, scary monster. It took personalities away. It could come without you ever knowing about it. It was something to be avoided at all costs.
My child was happy and thriving. He’s hilarious. He’s loving. There’s no way it’s autism.
But he responded unlike other kids his age. And his 17-month younger sister. It had nothing to do with my parenting.
It seemed like no matter what I did, certain things were just different.
If it was very loud he had to get out of the room.
If there were a lot of unexpected changes he cried a lot.
If it was very hot he seemed to overheat.
If it was very cold he didn’t seem to care.
If he got hurt he never cried out. Even when it was clearly painful.
His language was different, but I could understand well enough.
No matter what I did he would always run back and forth. He would flap his hands. He would squish himself beneath the cushions of the couch.
Some nights he never slept.
Food was often difficult for him and not in a “picky toddler” way. It was like it hurt.
I was concerned and confused. My child was amazing but he was different.
But when I learned about stimming, all of his behaviors began to make sense.
I realized what his autism means for my family.
I was no longer afraid! His sensory differences are autism!
I also realized I stim quite a bit even though I’m not autistic. Most of us do!
Stimming is a sign that a person is managing things like noises, lights, food, learning exciting bits of information, having a big feeling, etc. A person stims with their body. Stimming might look like rocking, hand flapping, repeating a word, galloping, pacing, etc. Most people stim.
When we discover a stim’s purpose, we help people thrive.
That’s what happened for us and it can happen for you too.
Sometimes you need to be a detective to understand a stim’s meaning.
That’s why the book is called The Case of Sensational Stims.
Joey and Elise teach what stimming is. This book will help you understand what stims are and why they’re important.
My child is amazing just the way he is. His autism is an important part of who he is. We don’t need to fear autism. We don’t need to overcome it.
We embrace who he is entirely. Including his autistic mind.
Understanding stimming allowed us to do that.
You’re here because you want to support your autistic loved one. Maybe you don’t know where to start. This book is for you.
- Explains autism in a children’s story
- Models how to support disabled people
- Includes a glossary of important terms
- Will help you support the autistic person in your life
- Is a great place to start learning