👋 Our Stims

Here are some stimmy things we enjoy, most of them made by Stimpunks. Mix them together however you like.

💃 Stim Dancing and Bodily Survival Knowledge

I'm dancing on my own (dancing on my own)
I make the moves up as I go (moves up as I go)
And that's what they don't know, mmm-mmm
That's what they don't know, mmm-mmm

But I keep cruising
Can't stop, won't stop grooving
It's like I got this music
In my mind
Saying, "It's gonna be alright."

Baby, I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off

--Shake It Off

Let’s get unapologetically, autistically wild.

The Bobby Lees performing live on stage with the lead singer captured mid head swing with hair flying.
The Bobby Lees performing live on stage with the lead singer captured mid head swing. Image Credit: Kyle Duce

This is Pure stim music
3 seconds in, I lost my shit and straight into head banging

A Neurodivergent Crip
Monkey Mind
It's just my monkey mind
Monkey Mind
It's just my

I take him out, and then I sit him down
I look him in the eye, and say no more
monkeying around
Now you look-y here, you gonna leave me
alone
Cause there's no room here for a little
monkey in my home

Monkey Mind
It's just my monkey mind
Monkey Mind
It's just my

That monkey mind, he likes to eat himself alive
Think he's done, and then he takes another bite
Now see, I gotta learn to be kind
To my monkey mind, cause he'll be with me till I die

Monkey Mind
It's just my monkey mind
Monkey Mind
It's just my

Monkey Mind by The Bobby Lees

Let’s bolster against stress and pass survival knowledge down.

…flamenco is in itself a ballistic activity with its own built-in reward system that can then bolster the brain against traumatic stress.

…not only can traumatic knowledge be passed down, so can bodily survival knowledge-knowledge about how to survive the debilitating effects and symptoms of PTSD.

If your “threat to life” responses are being re-associated on a regular basis with flamenco responses, slowly, like polishing stone, flamenco has the potential to be an asset for people who are working through PTSD.

Because We Have To: Flamenco as Survival Strategy against Detrimental Effects of Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder

sensory pleasure (which could be viewed as almost the opposite feeling to anxiety) can be one of the richest, most delightful experiences known to the autistic population – and should be encouraged at any appropriate opportunity.

Avoiding Anxiety in Autistic Children: A Guide for Autistic Wellbeing 
@torktorktork

tragically, i could not make the captions work #stimdance #somaticmovement

♬ original sound – tork
@agonyautie1

Stim Dancing; for centuries our Neurotype has been perceived as possessed by the devil, for moving & regulating in this way Our autistic ancestors were instinctively & intuitively regulating their nervous systems but with severe consequences for deviating from the norm #stimdance #stimming #nervoussystemregulation #stim #autisticancestors #autisticancestory #autismawareness #autism #autismo #autistic #autisticadult #actuallyautistic #actuallyautistictiktoks #movement #movementismedicine #movementculture #estaticdance #neurodivergent #neurodiverse #neurodiversity

♬ No Talk – River Tiber
Thrive
Crawling up the spine
Feel each vertebrae 
Trailing up the stems
Blooming when I say 
Thrive

Thrive by Scarlet Monk

There are so many unexpected movements that live inside my body. So many different shapes and motions that never get to come out during day to day life. There’s something so liberating about being able to explore all of these things I didn’t even know lived inside me.

torktorktork

Let’s bliss.

Stimming is beautiful.

Playlist: Stimming with Aurora

“We call ourselves Warriors and Weirdos.”

I’m a very emotional person. I have to use everything I’ve got to sing those songs.

Aurora Aksnes

✈️ Fractal Foam for Airports

Listen to this:

And watch this:

Fractal Foam by Stimpunk AJ

🐦 Ambient Bird Calls

Bobwhite Quail

Channel City Camera Club from Santa Barbara, US, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Brown Thrasher

Rhododendrites, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Canyon Wren

Amado Demesa from DF, México, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Carolina Wren

Dan Pancamo, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Eastern Meadowlark

gary_leavens, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Great Horned Owl

Bubo virginianus – Grand-duc d’Amérique ou Grand-duc de Virginie.

Loon

Cephas, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Wood Thrush

Photo by David J. Stang, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Western Meadowlark

USFWS Mountain-Prairie, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Ambient Bird Calls by Stimpunk AJ

🌊 Ocean Waves

The swells and textures of nature follow patterns that resonate with the human body through its ability to hear sound. Ocean Waves is a wonderful way to easily immerse yourself in a lush, and relaxing natural sounding sonic environment, anytime! The swells are specially timed to encourage the body to breathe more slowly and more deeply. The sound spectrum is full and is matched to the powerful release of deep sound energy of the Earth’s beautiful shores. Have access to a comforting sound which has the added benefit of helping to block outside annoying sounds. Enjoy a sonic tribute to one of nature’s most wonderful experiences, the sound of the ocean’s waves, to feel more refreshed and invigorated.

Play Ocean Waves

Ocean Waves by Stimpunk AJ
Water Simulated Fractal Foam Fractal Brownian by Stimpunk AJ

🕳🌎 Perspective Curling

🫠 Molten Lattice

Lattice B-6b by Stimpunk AJ

💆‍♀️🐈 Breath Nurby Percussive Purr Massage

This pairs well with a neckband speaker or subwoofer.

Breath Nurby Louder Mixed by Stimpunk AJ

🔔 Bellflower: Flaws to the Front, Bounce and Strut

🫁 My Ty She

I like what that song does with my breathing. I feel like part of the song, a consenting instrument both playing and being played.

Ryan

Yes! The care and beauty of the song felt like a metronome or beauty-beacon. I felt it too in my mind’s eye, a calling to open myself wider, but calling with beauty as if to say ‘it’s safe to be beautiful.’

AJ

🌌 The Universe Is Given Forth Folded and Unfolded

The artist hopes to convey this: that the universe is given forth folded and unfolded. Although explicit understanding helps, it is too cumbersome, and should only provide refinement to something already greater that exists.
That greater thing is what was given to the artist first by the practice of origami. An enlivening of the intuitive mind, experience with a universe of many dimensions, and the promise of creation revealed when one folds a flat square into the likeness of a higher dimensional thing. That inspiration reaches a young mind in a powerful way.
The artist wants the viewer to see proof of what their intuitive mind already knows is true, the universe is a multidimensional phenomenon and the ability to understand its nature already exists within us each.
The artist hopes the viewer will be inspired to seek the understanding of freedoms available to the individual inspired by the exposure to artistic expressions, and of a nature of dimensionality unimaginably greater than the object presented here.

Adriel Jeremiah Wool

👋🧷 Our Stims

Ryan

  • Picking my scalp
  • Pulling my hair
  • Pacing back and forth and in circles (when I could walk)
  • Wheelchair pacing
  • Wheelchair stim dancing
  • Music, music, music

I love scratching my head. Love, love, love. The feel from both head and hand is satisfying, comforting, and necessary. Life is more bearable with the pressure of fingernail on scalp. Life is better when I can scratch, pick, peel, and pull.

The Self-injurious Stims that I Love

Slouchy beanies with an open pattern are my go to for sensory regulation because they allow me to scratch and pick my scalp without taking the beanie off. I can go through the holes, or I can get my hand up under the hat since it’s slouchy.

Slouchy beanie with a loose weave and variable pink and green coloring sitting on a table
Slouchy beanie with a loose weave and variable pink and green coloring sitting on a table

Here are my two of my favorite stimming and coping playlists.

Further reading,