Hey luka, I was wondering if you had any resources you could share on stimming and different stims? My BFFs nephew, who is very strongly autistic, has been repeatedly banging his head on his door for a few minutes at a time every now and again, and I want to help find safer alternatives for him. I already suggested headphones and an MP3 player with sounds or music he enjoys, but I dont know if that will for for whatever sensation he is trying to relieve.

Oh hm

I have a massive headache right now and cannot for the life of me think of resources, so i’m boosting this to my spergfriends for now.

anybody got suggestions?

I have a question. When I'm stressed or worried I sometimes clap my four fingers against my palm repeatedly, is this what's meant by "hand flapping"? I never could figure out what that meant.

i do that too and it feels exactly the same as my other flappy/stimmy movements. there’s a bunch of different ones, from the little kid whole-arm wing flaps to jazz hands or even just flailing around with one finger.

kind of tangenting here, but i just thought of something hilarious. autistic people apparently have a knack for snagging dialogue from TV shows or books or songs and responding with the quotes in ways that seem a little off to non autistic folks. i am terrible with this because i grew up on Doctor Demento and sometimes the lines that feel right and suit my sense of humor require massive explanations.

thing is, i just realized, i also do this with stims! i actually picked one up from a spergy TV character once and it has been my favorite, rapidly switching my first two fingers back-and-forth with elbow bent, hand is up in the air by my ear. i’ll catch myself walking from room to room like this while i’m looking for something i’ve misplaced. i’m sometimes aware of it and have always wondered if i was faking autism because it didn’t originate with me, but i think that no, i’m just quoting again. 

i also, and this is so incredibly nerdy, picked up Rikku’s little finger-waggle from FFX (the one she uses in her Overdrive animation). something about the rhythm of it just scratches an itch in my brain. i don’t even care if i look developmentally delayed doing it—feels good, man.

i think i do it in public too, but i have tried not to because i still, despite everything, have a major insecurity thing about being treated as mentally disabled, even though i am. lol. i fucking hate the way people talk down to me, the change in tone and vocabulary and the prolongued silence before replying is not subtle at all.

am not always aware of flapping or stimming. i know for sure i do other stuff because i’ve asked friends to tell me what they’ve observed (i suspected i was asperger well over ten years ago, but i had faulty information at the time that indicated that creativity, empathy and having no aptitude for math ruled out aspergers, and obviously autism is for the violent screaming kid in the corner, yadda yadda) and there was a lot of stuff i thought was just normal (because it felt normal, and i was not aware of other people’s body language at the time) that turns out not to be, at least for non autistic people. after that i started paying attention and yeah, they really don’t do that stuff.

friends are welcome to tell me if i’ve missed any of my own tweaks. i find it utterly fascinating to think of myself as an observable set of stereotyped movements.

hey spergs

anybody else have to cut the necks out of all their t-shirts

show of hands let’s see who’s special

(just desecrated the Sparklepony shirt, feels good man)

imagine that every book, every article, every news story about women’s issues interviewed only husbands and fathers.

the-real-seebs:

jumpingjacktrash:

that’s where we are right now with disability rights.

And of course, lots of people saying “but of course the books are targeted at men, I mean, they live with women, they need to know about this stuff.”

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stillticksaway replied to your post “my mom used to tell me that one of my favorite things to say as a small child was “I refuse.”

I was lucky to accidentally put my socks on inside out one day. It helped so much. SO MUCH.

YES

THIS 

PARENTS OF TINY SPERGY FUSSBUDGETS TAKE HEED

YOU CAN TURN THE SHITTY LITTLE SOCKS INSIDE OUT AND THE SEAMS WON’T BE SO HORRIBLE ON WEE SENSITIVE TOES IT IS LIKE MAGIC

once my mom understood that i would wear them inside out and not throw shrieking flipout tantrums, she made it her business to always do that for me. i had forgotten that memory! man, i wore my socks inside out til I was at least a teenager.

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you had sock problems too???

i would fly into tantrums over the goddamn things.

those thin little nylon shits with the lace cuffs that girls wear with those terrible hard church shoes? fuck those things and fuck their shitty seams.

take shoes off, adjust position of terrible seam, put shoes on, feel seam. repeat until screeching.

once i tried to cut the seams off, and tape them back together. i can’t remember if i got in trouble for it. kids :3

did you see the posch spaltfix k-440 firewood processor video?
Anonymous

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riZVBqgVX2Y

that is the most beautiful thing i have ever seen

[wreck-it ralph voice] I’M GONNA SPERG ON IT!

Autism Is Contagious
Luka : i've been watching videos
Luka : on youtube
Aud: mhm?
Luka : yes
Luka : of
Luka : *blush*
Luka : *cringe*
Luka : *doki doki*
Aud: mmmmmm?
Luka : NEVER MIND IT IS TOO SHAMEFUL
Aud: TELL
Aud: TELL ME YOUR SINS CHILD
Luka : *sob*
Luka : I'VE BEEN WATCHING DEMONSTRATION VIDEOS FOR DIFFERENT TYPES OF WOOD SPLITTING MACHINES
Luka : TO MAKE FIREWOOD CHUNKS
Luka : FOR HOURS
Aud: *GAAAAAAAAAAAAASP*
Luka : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewX89PaRDDo
http: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSBVoWj6XQQ
Luka : THESE WERE MY FAVORITES
Aud: I GUESS YOU COULD SAY
Aud: IT GAVE YOU WOOD
Luka : waaaaaah
Aud: wow it goes through that log like butter
Luka : right??
Aud: WHY IS THIS SO SATISFYING
Luka : I DON'T KNOW
Luka : there are machines that chop wood in so many ways
Luka : and i just
Luka : i
Luka : i want to watch it
Aud: yeah!
Aud: it's so weirdly compelling
Aud: HE MADE LITTLE STICKS OH MAN
Luka : LIL BABY STICKS
Luka : YES
Luka : TUMBLR NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT THIS