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routineandrules Fri 28-Jun-13 17:08:08

Hello all, I was hoping some of you would be able to offer me some advise.
Dd 6 dx asc has always stimmed using hands a feet, its hars to describe as its not flapping. Anyway recently within the past week she has been making a mmmmm sound wich im just guessing is a new stim.
What I would realy like the advise on is this. She has also started rocking back and forth with her whole body and has took to spinning around in circles. Just wondering if anyone know what shes craving and if I can help with weighted toys or anything? Have asked for ot referal but id rather try and do something for her if I can as who knows when ot will see her.
Also do you think this is a phase or will this become an ongoing thing?
Thanks for reading

Ineedmorepatience Fri 28-Jun-13 18:27:18

No advise sorry but my Dd3 has a humming stim too at the moment. She is generally worse when she first comes out of school but I dont know if she is stimming there too, I do need to go in and ask.

She also rocks sometimes. we are awaiting a sensory assessment for her and am hoping to get some advise about whether I should stop her or not.

Hope someone comes along who can help, good luck smile

routineandrules Fri 28-Jun-13 18:49:47

Thanks, I am due a meeting at school too so will ask. She is worse when she comes from school. She also needs a sensory assesment. We have just moved and the old pycholgist refused to refer to ot. I have just put in a referal to new ot but I will be fighting for an ot this timee. It just takes so long!!

sickofsocalledexperts Fri 28-Jun-13 18:49:53

My hf stepdaughter used to do a rocking and humming stim. I asked her recently - how do you feel, now that you are grown up, about your parents stopping you stimming when you were 5/6.

She said, "I am pleased they did"

I asked why.

She said, "because I don't want to look weird to my friends, you sort of want to fit in"

I asked her, but did it make you more anxious to be denied the stim, she said "no, I have found other ways of coping eg sport or work"

I only tell you this because I think people will tell you: don't stop the stim, it is "dangerous" or the child needs it.

With my low functioning boy too, I have stopped lots of his worse stims (eg self-harm, noise) but left them alone if they are not hurting anyone.

routineandrules Fri 28-Jun-13 18:53:20

So do u distract or just tell her to stop? I was worried about stopping her but then also worried about it becoming a life long habit. Is there anything you would recomend doing with her to help her stop? Thanks for advise.

sickofsocalledexperts Fri 28-Jun-13 18:57:54

It really was just stopping it , gently yet physically, and redirecting, it is very tiresome at first, as you have to keep on it, but pays dividens in the end.

With my boy, he can stim totally freely in private (eg bed, bath, loo) but not elsewhere (unless just bouncing, no noises). It has opened up his life so much, as we can take him to cafes, shops, cinema etc. it is a constant battle, but worth it.

routineandrules Fri 28-Jun-13 19:05:24

Thanks for advise, she does it mostly when she gets in from school so was wondering if its her way of calming down. As shes done that tonight instead of trying to.hit her sisters. Do u think if I offer her something weighted on her lap this would help at all?

sickofsocalledexperts Fri 28-Jun-13 19:07:01

I never found weighted stuff worked. Trampoline?

routineandrules Fri 28-Jun-13 19:13:17

Yes we have a trampoline, will try it thanks

sickofsocalledexperts Fri 28-Jun-13 19:15:19

Yoga ball and indoor trampoline (rebounder ) work well

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