Okay so I am finally making this post because I want to.
Basically, ways that autistic people show happiness, excitement and other good emotions is to "flap" their hands and/or arms. There is SO much more of course, I'm no expert, but I wanted to talk about my happy-moves or whatever (if I can every stop clapping my hands and write this, hehe)
I think the one I use the most is clapping my hands, except I don't like the clapping-noise so instead I stop my hands before they hit each other Then there's when I kind-of flap my hands but I don't like my wrists so I get my whole arms involved, it's much fun. It's kind of like flapping my hands except instead of being all bending-wrists I'm bendy elbows (not that they can bend as far ) I usually do the full arms when I'm on my feet and/or moving around but when I'm sitting (especially watching an awesome blooper or thing) I do the clap-but-not-clap thing instead.
And sometimes when I'm walking and excited, I'll jump and skip a little because my arms cannot contain how excited I am! Woo.
Anyway, that was pretty much it Happy flapping
Guess whose order of stim toys arrived? (MINE!)
I'm so very happy. I have three new chewy necklaces to go along with my cookie one. A flower, a thing(jewelry looking type) and a ufo! I also got an adorable, tiny cat squishy and a few stretchy type balls. Plus some stickers from the company (they are called Stimtastic, if you're curious) and I also got a wristband!
(me, happy jumping and flapping my hands because I'm so darn excited)
My favourite is still my slinkies. I keep breaking them through use, but I liked three halves together to make a chain of slinkies and it's great! Ahhh I'm so happy it arrived!!
That's so awesome @N1ghtW1ng!! I've heard that Stimtastic is a really great company. I have a little squishy cat too (not from there though) and it's so helpful with anxiety
Which reminds me...have you seen StimmyKitty? And Autisticat?
Hey since you all seem to know a lot about the topic, do you mind if I ask a couple questions about Special Interests? I was wondering how you know when you have a SI, how does it feel different to other interests or hobbies? And is it possible to have multiple SIs?
but I am definitely going to answer your special interest question because
I think I recently discovered mine and it's something I've been planning on
I'll be back soon
Also YES Stimmy Kitty and Autisticat @DruidChild!!! (I have heard of them ) I even designed my own version of the autisticat coloured in the ace flag just for me They are adorable and amazing.
Also sorry this took so long, words are not easy
Okay, now onto your questions. (I was watching Voltron, but now I'm done )
I'm not really an expert, so everything I say comes from my own experiences. For the longest while, I didn't really feel like I had a special interest but my special interest was much, much more vague, (it was comics) so I would say it is definitely possible to have multiple SIs! My interest in comics was Marvel and DC (and those have so many comics in them already) plus Transformers (technically still Marvel) with some cartoons thrown in for good measure.
But onto the fun stuff, very recently I started rewatching an old cartoon I love called LEGO Ninjago and I have "fallen into Ninjago hell" as it's said It's like, sort of an obsession? I know so much about the show and the characters and the plot and story and so on it's great. And I want all the things about it.
In a broader sense, it makes things connected to it more interesting. Kind of like using analogies or metaphors can help make something easier to understand, using what you love as a way to gain interest and motivation in an activity.
I suppose to me, it feels different in that I honestly can't stop thinking about it. My mind keeps returning to Ninjago and I love it. Rather than other things that I like where I see it and think oh yeah I like that! I actively seek out Ninjago. Does that make sense?
And in comics, my mind just has all the knowledge on superheroes and stuff. Including histories, cartoons, powers and so on.
Did that make sense?
All in all, I freaking love Ninjago. Knowing whether you have a special interest or not is always a personal decision. Who cares what other people say, you know what you like and it can be as many or as few as you like! Oh and they don't always stay the same either, they can change too
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