Spinning is a stimulatory behaviour (stim) for many autistic people, particularly children. It can serve two important functions for us:

  • to soothe us
  • to stimulate us

Some autistic people have vestibular hyposensitivity, meaning that we have a lack of sensory response to movement. Spinning very fast on the spot would cause many of us to fall over and feel nauseous. Not so for those who need this extra movement in order to achieve stimulation, and consequently, stress relief. Similarly, horrifically fast fairground rides fulfil the same role for some!

Click here to see a perfect example of autistic spinning in action – it’s quite impressive and the boy isn’t in any way disorientated at the end! Unfortunately, I think you’ll only be able to view it if you have a Facebook account – click here → for the video