Asperger's and Self-Stimming

Uploaded by erinclem on 08.01.2012

Hi everyone!
AspergerSadie from Twitter here,
or you can visit my website at
Obviously, I have Aspergers.
I'm 22, and I was diagnosed when I was in 10th grade, so about 7 or 8 years ago,
when I was like, 15 or 16.
And for this video, I'm going to be talking about self-stimming.
Basically, first of all, I want to say that I feel that
for self-stimming with Autism and Aspergers,
unless it is something that is affecting the quality of their life,
or MY life, I should say,
or unless it's inappropriate behavior,
then I feel it is perfectly
fine for me to self-stim, and I would rather not people stop me from doing it,
or try and keep me from doing it.
Because it REALLY helps!
My way of describing it as helping is
think about it as like, a neurological itch
that you're scratching.
That's what self-stimming does. It scratches that neurological itch that you might have.
So that's the best way I can describe it.
What I'm going to say- for MY-
what I do when I self-stim,
when I'm really, really hyper or really excited, or something like that,
sometimes I will
do something with my hands
where I'm going like this,
but usually it's on a surface
So, but I do it REALLY really fast, so basically, this is what it's like, ready?
And that's when I'm like, REALLY hyper, or really excited about something.
So, another thing I might do
instead is with my fists.
On a surface sometimes, too.
Or I will do
that with my hands really fast.
And RARELY will I rock myself
with excitement.
But then occasionally I'll like, scream really loud, or
something like that. I'll go: "WHOO HOO!"
That's actually another form of self-stimming, I think.
So those are some of the less common things that I do.
But the thing that REALLY stands out as
the thing that I use to self-stim the most
is something called "head-banging".
where I bang my head on my pillow
EVERY night to get to sleep, and usually it's
along with music or I'm humming along with it and it's always to like, a beat.
And I do it, and it gets me sleepy and I end up falling asleep
Usually within about a half an hour or so, sometimes longer if
I'm having a rough night or something like that.
I mean, I do it when I'm- like when I am asleep ALREADY, too.
Like people have said I head-bang in my sleep.
I've been doing it since I was 3 months old.
So obviously it's not something that
I picked up or learned or anything like that. It's just something that I started doing and
I don't really have a problem with it.
So, yeah, again, if you see someone self-stimming,
unless it's inappropriate or unless it's really affecting their quality of life,
I feel like it's perfectly fine and
I have nothing against it.
It actually REALLY helps!
So, thanks for watching my video on self-stimming,
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Thanks everyone!