Stimming, or self-stimulatory behavior, is a common characteristic of autism and is often used as a way to regulate sensory input or to cope with stress or anxiety. Stimming can take many forms, such as hand flapping, rocking, spinning, or repeating certain actions or movements. It is important to note that stimming is a normal and often necessary behavior for many individuals on the autism spectrum, and it is not something that should be discouraged or punished.
If you feel ashamed or self-conscious about your stimming behaviors, it may be helpful to remember that these behaviors are a normal and healthy way for you to cope with your environment. It is also important to recognize that everyone is different and that there is no one “right” way to be. It is okay to stim in private if that makes you feel more comfortable, but it is also important to try to find ways to feel more comfortable stimming in public if it is something that is important to you. This might involve finding supportive friends or a therapist who can help you feel more comfortable with your behaviors, or finding ways to communicate your needs to others.