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Snowy Owl
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01 May 2012, 3:10 pm

Is there such a thing as a verbal Stim? Because if there is, would theirs be one. I am constantly clearing my throat. Usually at least once a minute and I have been doing it for almost 5 or so years I'm not sick I feel like I need to do it like there is something scratch back their. Could this be a Stim?

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Yellow-bellied Woodpecker
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01 May 2012, 3:34 pm

I think that could be a stim, or it could be a tick. I have had both types at some point in my life. To me it seems like I have more control over stims and they normally make my sensory problems feel better, I hardly have any control over ticks and they do not usually make me feel better, they are just annoying.

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01 May 2012, 3:38 pm

I have a verbal tick myself and my ADHD meds cut the frequency down about 90%. My stims were not affected in the least.

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01 May 2012, 4:04 pm

It's definitely possible to verbally stim. I do it all the time when I'm driving alone and stressed. Sometimes I have to stop myself from making nonsense words in public on the very cusp of a consonant sound. Mostly I just repeat a phrase until it I've interpreted it in every possible grammatical way then until it loses its meaning. I don't personally stim much without knowing what I'm doing, though.


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02 May 2012, 9:59 am

It could be a vocal tic and not a stim.

I had a throat-clearing tic (it's called tic, not tick) around ages 11-12/13. I didn't do it intentionally but couldn't not clear my throat, no matter how hard I tried to stop it. I remember that at that age, I felt uncomfortable and "edgy" when I tried to hold it back for a few seconds and I felt much better, less tense and edgy, only when I finally cleared my throat. That's how I felt about it back then anyway when I didn't yet know what this frequent throat-clearing was about.

I'm not sure how many people with a form of autism have tics but I know that a lot kids and adults with ADHD develop tics at some point. For a lot of them, the tics decease in number and "vanish" later on but some people have tics such as throat-clearing or shoulder jerks into adulthood.

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Yellow-bellied Woodpecker
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02 May 2012, 10:22 am

I have certain words, phrases and sounds that I tend to repeat a bit, only when I'm on my own and usually at home though, it tends to happen more if I'm excited.