Ode to the Stim

H stims…

I stim too…

bounce and wiggle

twist a lock

hold tight to that ‘calming rock’

fiddle and fold

squint and spin


and then begin again

shoes too big so toes can move

wiggly legs that find their groove

Tom Sawyer pockets with fidgets galore

quiet hands are such a bore

                                                       Leah Kelley – July 27, 2013
Created by Leah Kelley 30 Days of Autism

Created by Leah Kelley
30 Days of Autism

I could write more about this… but I think this visual pretty much sums it up for me right now. Additionally, there are already some amazing posts that say what I would like to say or consider… so I am linking them up here:

Socially Inappropriate by Musings of an Aspie

Things my autistic kids love: Public transit by Small But Kinda Mighty

Way-To-Stim Wednesday: Video Series by Anabelle Listic

Stimming by Outrunning the Storm



30 Days of Autism is a project designed to fight stigma, promote civil rights, and increase understanding and acceptance for those who process and experience the world differently.

© Leah Kelley, Thirty Days of Autism (2013)

About Leah Kelley, Ed.D.

Leah Kelley, M.Ed, Ed.D., Writer, Consultant, Activist, Speaker, and Educator, working with Teacher Candidates at UBC. Authors blog: 30 Days of Autism. Projects support social understanding, Neurodiversity paradigm, Disability Justice, and connecting Disability Studies in Education(DSE)to Educational Practice. Twitter: @leah_kelley Facebook: 30 Days of Autism: Leah Kelley
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8 Responses to Ode to the Stim

  1. OMum22 says:

    I love the poem and the visual. Thank you for linking to SBKM ❤


    • Leah Kelley says:

      Aw… ((Deanne))

      I was actually working on this today prior to reading your post. Sometimes we just seem to align so perfectly and I couldn’t resist – it just fit my thinking and I love LOVE your perfect acceptance and celebration of your boys.

      May the Force be with you, my friend


  2. Marita says:

    I want to print that poem out and frame it for my girls 🙂


  3. Thank you for the link. 🙂 I love Annabelle’s video series too.


  4. srsalas says:

    Soooo love this poem. Thank you ❤


  5. Pingback: Ode to the Stim | Appalachian aspie.

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