The Cause of Stimming: What’s your stim?
MAR 22, 2012 09:57 AM | KAREN
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does my child engage in this (Stimming) behavior?” Seeking to understand the motivation
for a behavior is always a great place to start. There are several hypotheses
and known causes for stimming:
stimming can help block out excess sensory input.
stimming helps provide extra sensory input when needed.
3. Pain reduction
repeated banging of the head or body actually reduces the overall sensation of
pain. One hypothesis is that stimming causes the release of beta-endorphins in
the body, which then causes a feeling of anesthesia or pleasure.
4. Management of emotions
both positive and negative emotions may trigger a burst of stimming. We’ve all
seen physical reactions to joy or excitement, such as jumping or hand-flapping.
Frustration or anger may intensify a stim to the point that it becomes
Some stims serve the purpose of soothing or comforting. Many infants learn to
suck their thumbs to relax themselves.
I recently read a blog in which a parent asked why her son covered his ears in
his sleep. He had learned to cover his ears when his environment was too noisy,
and that was soothing to him. So he started covering his ears whenever he
needed to comfort himself, especially when falling asleep.