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How do you explain the difference between stimming & sensory seeking?

Posted by on May. 31, 2013 at 8:23 PM
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I have a friend who is asking what the difference is between stimming and sensory seeking. I'm answering the question but I don't feel like I'm answering it very clearly.

So how would you describe what the difference between just sensory seeking and stimming?? Maybe the better question is....IS there any stimming that isn't sensory related??

by on May. 31, 2013 at 8:23 PM
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smarieljlee
by Sara on May. 31, 2013 at 8:34 PM

Ooh I read this great explanation from someone on the spectrum just last week. I will find it! 

jconney80
by on May. 31, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Ok great thanks! 

Quoting smarieljlee:

Ooh I read this great explanation from someone on the spectrum just last week. I will find it! 


JennaPBug
by on May. 31, 2013 at 8:43 PM
i'd like to know a better explanation too. My mom doesn't get how sensory issues tie into my ds's behaviors so she thinks they're not really "issues".
smarieljlee
by Sara on May. 31, 2013 at 8:43 PM

http://musingsofanaspie.com/tag/stimming/

VioletsMomTown
by on May. 31, 2013 at 8:55 PM

Stimming is like a physical habit that serves a purpose, its enjoyable, self regulating (calming) or helps navigate the immediate environment. Sensory seeking is not necessarily done in a repetative way. Its more of a learning process I think, as your brain tries to seek out experiences that balance out what may be lacking in your sensory system.

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jconney80
by on Jun. 1, 2013 at 12:46 AM
OK thanks I like this it makes sense

Quoting VioletsMomTown:

Stimming is like a physical habit that serves a purpose, its enjoyable, self regulating (calming) or helps navigate the immediate environment. Sensory seeking is not necessarily done in a repetative way. Its more of a learning process I think, as your brain tries to seek out experiences that balance out what may be lacking in your sensory system.

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jconney80
by on Jun. 1, 2013 at 12:49 AM
thanks!

Quoting smarieljlee:

http://musingsofanaspie.com/tag/stimming/

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kajira
by Emma on Jun. 1, 2013 at 2:19 AM
wow I really liked that link.
Quoting smarieljlee:

http://musingsofanaspie.com/tag/stimming/

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jconney80
by on Jun. 1, 2013 at 2:48 AM
Me too this is one of the best descriptions I've read!

Quoting kajira:

wow I really liked that link.
Quoting smarieljlee:

http://musingsofanaspie.com/tag/stimming/

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darbyakeep45
by Darby on Jun. 1, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Thanks for sharing ladies:)  Great explanations!

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