It’s possible to reduce harmful forms of stimming by focusing on healthy and safe forms. You can find more information in wikiHow. Would it also benefit autistic people who clench their teeth during the day?
Recently, during my dental check up, some signs of teeth clenching such as gum recession and worn surfaces were noted. I recalled daytime teeth clenching in the past few months. Years ago, I experienced daytime teeth clenching too.
My guess is that teeth clenching can be a form of stimming. It’s more subtle than rocking or hand flapping. You can clench your teeth while eating without people noticing it. In healthy chewing, our teeth rarely touch while chewing.
Since the pressure to stim can eventually get too high that we must stim in one way or another, how do autistic people camouflage so well that they’re diagnosed late or never? Is it possible that they stim in subtle ways or stim in ways that look socially acceptable instead?
Besides teeth clenching, other subtle forms of stimming that I do include squeezing my eyes shut, jerking my head, walking or running on the edge of my foot which may cause stress fractures over time, and flexing certain muscles sometimes to the point of soreness. You can look away while when your stims involve your facial muscles. When running or walking, if you squeeze your glutes while your legs move back, it’s hardly noticeable to other people once they reach their range of motion.
It’s hard for me to imagine avoiding both obvious and subtle forms of stimming for a few hours till I get home when there’s pressure to stim one way or another.
I thought I had Tourette Syndrome. Some people who pointed it out called it tics. If different forms of stimming are used, does that mean the person’s autism or need to stim was outgrown?
Since missing teeth and dental restorations are expensive, we should find a way to stop teeth clenching.
The flu last week seemed to increase my resting heart rate by a few beats. After jogging, it increased even more for the next couple of days. Maybe the heart rate didn’t increase too much because two days were taken off.
For the sleep data, chocolate was consumed around 3 pm the day before. The quantity was only two small chocolate pieces.
Interestingly, only 18 minutes was spent in REM sleep.
More sleep data may be needed to draw a conclusion whether chocolate affects sleep quality. Other factors may have affected it which includes:
- Magnesium supplementation which may improve deep sleep.
- Milk chocolate which has less caffeine than dark chocolate, tea, or coffee?
- Sleep start was about half an hour later than the previous night’s.
- The last time chocolate was consumed was months ago which may affect tolerance to its caffeine. Mineral levels may also affect sleep.
Here’s the sleep data for a night with only 2h 50 min of sleep.
Other factors that may change the percentage spent in deep sleep include:
- Time spent in bed.
- Time of night as deep sleep tends to be more common earlier in the night.
- Sleeping less not because of the inability to sleep.
- Time of sleep start.
- Time of the end of sleep.
This was my first MAF test using the trainer was at its highest resistance.
The data was recorded on Strava.
- Duration: 10:05
- Distance: 3.56 km
- Average speed: 21.2 km/h
- Max speed: 22.2 kn/h
- Average cadence: 77
- Max cadence: 87
- Average HR: 148
- Max HR: 154
- Estimated power: 156W
- Duration: 10:03
- Distance: 3.57 km
- Average speed: 21.3 km/h
- Max speed: 22.5 km/h
- Average cadence: 77
- Max cadence: 81
- Average HR: 147
- Max HR: 153
- Estimated power: 156W
Here are some possible reasons why people think autism can be outgrown:
- Assumption that autism is caused by heavy metal poisoning which is something that’s treatable.
- False advertisements for treatments or “cures” for autism.
- Impression that autistic adults are supposed to look or act like autistic children.
- Impression that autism is only a childhood disability.
- Autistic people can get better at suppressing their traits such as stimming and using the right social cues.
- Revealed strong skills in certain areas may give the impression that the person also needs less support in other areas. Intact rote memory means the student can do well in facts based courses but it doesn’t reflect the person’s coordination or executive function which tends to be their hurdles in terms of employment.
- Stories about autism being cured.
- The autistic person received less support which reduced the amount of reminders that the person was autistic.
- The autistic person joined fewer special needs programs, clubs, or groups which also reduced the amount of reminders that the person was autistic.
- The autistic person mentioned less about his or her challenges.
- Chronic sensory overload may be confused with desensitization because the baseline was forgotten.
- Behind the scene preparations were overlooked. Having successful social interactions may be confused with actual improvements. Notice that in one example, a lot of preparation was needed for every hour of social interaction.
- Asking for help when writing letters or other accommodations may be mistaken for a lack of maturity or confidence which can be improved. Similar to the previous example, when I write comments, I need lots of preparation time to make sure that it’s in the right mood and has a reasonable amount of information. Why not have your job completed in five minutes instead of one hour?
- Tests don’t look at their real life abilities which means the scores can be average or even above average.