Archive for July, 2015

Stimming and the Child with Autism: Helpful Insights

Stimming is a common behavior for children with autism and a frequent cause of concern for parents. Called “stereotypy” in clinical terms, stimming refers to the flapping, rocking, humming, or otherwise repetitive behavior we often associate with children diagnosed with autism. In terms of function of behavior, stimming is included in the automatic reinforcement category. That is, children engage in stimming because it either feels good (positive reinforcement) or because it alleviates some discomfort or pain (negative reinforcement). We field many inquiries from parents of children with autism asking how to handle stimming. It’s a perplexing behavior that many parents…

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