What are Stimming Behaviours?

As it relates to autism, stimming is a repetitive body movement that self- stimulates one or more senses in a regular pattern. Stimming is one of the symptoms listed for autism dianosis although it is also observed in about 10% of young children without autism. Also, many children with autism exhibit no stimming behaviour. Common forms of stimming among autistic individusals include hand flapping, body spinning or rocking, lining up or spinning toys or other objects, repeating sounds, etc.

Stimming can result from a variety of causes.  We don’t know for certain why stimming is so common, the most popular theory is that it helps to regulate sensory input. Stimming helps the individual to block out any uncomfortable sensory input such as noise, light, etc. – and allows the person to experience the sensations they crave. Changes in the diet may help to improve stimming in some cases.

Although stimming behaviors in children with autism are very common, the good news is that many of these behaviors can be minimized if the underlying causes are addressed and corrected.  As these excessive body motions are reduced, children become more teachable and responsive to their therapies, therefore improving autism dramatically.


  1. Necitas Casalan says

    My son before has some stimming behavior like rocking his body and clapping.Now that he is on antifungal therapy stimming was lessened.He was found to have candida parapsilosis and loaded with toxic metals.

  2. JAV says

    Once again I am thankful to be a recipient of this news email. I believe that a change in diet is sound advice. As a hydration specialist and a subscriber to Dr. Wong’s suggestions in treatment, I would like to bring up a detoxification method which has been shown to work well. It is the use of alkaline water, with an RRPs of 400 and above. I believe Dr. Wong even wrote about this at on point in the past. Since then, I have read some other studies that confirmed his statement about hydration and the use of alkalined water such as the one produced by a Kagen water machine. This should help with the detoxification of toxic metals.In my work with my student, I have noticed some success in behavioral change when Dr. Wong’s information has been applied. I would, however like to ask Dr. Wong, what kind of dietary changes does he suggest for the possible correction of Stimming?

  3. admin says

    Hi JAV, you poised an interesting question on how we can use dietary changes to effect stimming. First, we need to understand how does it occurs and then what we could do using diet therapy. Briefly, this action is processe by disturbances of the firing of the CNS. Please look forward to a future blog about your question.

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