Via Crooked Timber, I picked up this fascinating blog post. I have taught children on the autism spectrum at all levels of attainment, and I must admit that it is something that really interests me personally as well as professionally. This post makes me think again, very carefully, about ‘stimming’, which I have seen, but not named or thought about in this way. I have assumed that it is an expression of discomfort – which it is sometimes, but not always.
It’s also an extremely moving piece which implicitly appeals for tolerance of difference, a tolerance which should be extended to all children, including those with autism, and ends with a call for awareness of each person’s individual account of their well-being. Well worth a read, as is Crooked Timber where I found it.