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Fear the Cords

So my son stims.  Your son stims.  Your daughter stims.  The whole autistic world stims.  In fact, I stim (although I’m pretty certain I’m not not or do I run the risk of being diagnosed as autistic – I’m just wacky).  So what’s the big deal?  It’s a stress reliever, it’s a way of shutting […]

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Sam - May 13, 2013 - 10:25 am


Here’s a reader from the Philippines. My son was diagnosed with PDD-NOS when he was 4 years old. He graduated after 1 year of occupational therapy and now appears to be “normal”, we were thinking if his therapist just have us a wrong diagnosis. However these past 2 weeks where he’s mostly idle (no class, no summer activities, no therapist), we’ve noticed that he would stim from time to time (e.g he would draw shapes in the air with his left arm, turn his head to the left) and this freaked us out. However when that SMILE shows up to us, all our worries are gone.

We hope to keep him very busy this summer as we feel like him being idle made things worst for him.


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