Stimming around the trampoline.
Stimming along the side of the house using the lines of the siding for his stim. Even hurting his shoulder doesn't discourage him. He has walked into tables and corners and walls doing this, but it doesn't deter him at all. The other day he walked into a display and it poked his eyelid leaving a mark. He cried hard for a few minutes and then started stimming all over again. It is just an itch that he can't help but scratch.
This is a video of Kynsie stimming. It is short and hard to notice, but she does this exact behavior repetitively and often, so I recognize it. When she is spelling her words and asking me 'what's that spells mommy?" Notice that she kind of rolls her eyes and head back and then drops head and eyes really close to her book. She does this every time she asks about a word, and she goes through that specific book 20 or 30 times a day. It's not just a favorite book. It's a ritual.
Braylen LOVES that book and for a couple of days wanted to ask what each word spelled, but it wasn't the same. He wasn't ritualistic about it and he moved on. Kynsie's 'repeat' button is stuck. That's the best way I know to describe it. She and Kyan (Kyan more so than Sis) tend to become fixated on items, games, sentences, songs--you name it, and can't seem to move on to other activities. Case in point--Kyan still asks for a book at he checked out from the library at school last spring. He still throws fits about it and talks about it over and over again. OCD--Obsession--Compulsion--Fixation--whatever you call it, it's maddening.
So there you have it. A little glimpse into our world of stimming. I should point out that these are super mild stims compared to what is out there. Some kids beat their heads against walls or twitch, or rock or flap arms, or twirl in circles constantly. Again, an itch they have to scratch. We don't want to teach them not to scratch it. We want to make the itch go away.