What is stimming?Self-Stimulatory Behaviors

Stereotypy or self-stimulatory behaviors refer to repetitive body movements or repetitive movement of objects. These behaviors are observed in individuals with developmental disabilities, and commonly observed in children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

What are some symptoms of self-stimulatory behaviors?

Self-stimulatory behaviors may include the following:

  • Visual: Staring at objects (e.g., lights, ceiling fans), object parts (e.g., parts of toys rather than the whole toy), or body parts (e.g., moving fingers in front of the eyes repetitively).
  • Auditory: Vocalizations including humming or grunting.  Communicating in an odd intonation (e.g., high pitch).
  • Tactile: Scratching or rubbing items or body parts, tapping items.
  • Vestibular: Repetitive body rocking, hand flapping, spinning, jumping.
  • Taste: Placing body parts or objects in one’s mouth, licking objects or people.
  • Smell: Smelling people or objects.

Our approach at North Shore Pediatric Therapy

Our program at North Shore Pediatric Therapy will help your child decrease his/her self-stimulatory behaviors by proactively redirecting your child to more appropriate behaviors and, more important, by teaching your child appropriate play skills. Our highly trained and experienced behavior team will determine the function of this behavior and develop an appropriate over-correction procedure. In addition, we will create a behavior support plan exclusively for your child.