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Let’s Talk about…Stimming

  • By: Dr. Jerry Kartzinel
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This month I have been asked to address STIMMING behaviors as they relate to Autism.  Stimming is defined as repetitive body movements, formally called Stereotypy. These self-stimulatory repetitive movements of the body can be as simple as a lateral gaze or as obvious as running back and forth or jumping and clapping.  Stimming behaviors can involve any body part, but the key is to look for repetition.  The treatment of these behaviors will depend greatly on the cause of the behaviors.
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