What is stimming?Self-Stimulatory Behaviors

Stereotypy or self-stimulatory behaviors refer to repetitive body movements or repetitive movement of objects. These behaviors are observed in individuals with developmental disabilities, and commonly observed in children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

What are some symptoms of self-stimulatory behaviors?

Self-stimulatory behaviors may include the following:

  • Visual: Staring at objects (e.g., lights, ceiling fans), object parts (e.g., parts of toys rather than the whole toy), or body parts (e.g., moving fingers in front of the eyes repetitively).
  • Auditory: Vocalizations including humming or grunting.  Communicating in an odd intonation (e.g., high pitch).
  • Tactile: Scratching or rubbing items or body parts, tapping items.
  • Vestibular: Repetitive body rocking, hand flapping, spinning, jumping.
  • Taste: Placing body parts or objects in one’s mouth, licking objects or people.
  • Smell: Smelling people or objects.

Our approach at North Shore Pediatric Therapy

Our program at North Shore Pediatric Therapy will help your child decrease his/her self-stimulatory behaviors by proactively redirecting your child to more appropriate behaviors and, more important, by teaching your child appropriate play skills. Our highly trained and experienced behavior team will determine the function of this behavior and develop an appropriate over-correction procedure. In addition, we will create a behavior support plan exclusively for your child.

Client Reviews (2)

My son has been receiving ABA at NSPT4Kids for a year and a half. The staff is extremely knowledgeable, caring, and understanding. They have been great working with our insurance company. My son has completely opened up. He now seeks his older sister to play – something he never did for the first four and a half years of his life. He looks at me when he talks to me. We have conversations. It is amazing. I never would have thought ABA could do this. I am so thankful for NSPT4Kids!


Our son has been in the ABA program at North Shore for almost two years now. The gains his therapists have made with him have been without a shadow of a doubt wonderful and remarkable. Everything they do in session, we always reinforce at home to help him continue his gains. The ABA therapists are always quick to update the kids individual program to continue to challenge the kids, even if they are having a rough time that session. We are grateful of what North Shore has done for our son both past, present and moving into the future. As we get ready to send our son into Kindergarten, the North Shore ABA team gets a lot of credit helping to make this milestone happen for him. I highly recommend North Shore for all of their services.

Tom J