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17 Jan 2015, 2:01 pm

I don't. My SO makes a sound like "Kukuku" all the time. Is this a vocal stim? My father had a very similar sounding stim/tic. What is your vocal stim like?


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17 Jan 2015, 2:32 pm

I clear my throat a lot. I became aware of how much I was doing it when I was watching my ~1yro son making similar sounds; he was mimicking me.

It's not purely a vocal stim though since I have mild vasomotor rhinitis with post-nasal drip.


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17 Jan 2015, 2:38 pm

I used to have words I would say and sounds I would make as a kid, but now I only vocally stim if there's a bad sound. I hum to myself.



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17 Jan 2015, 2:44 pm

russiank12 wrote:
I used to have words I would say and sounds I would make as a kid, but now I only vocally stim if there's a bad sound. I hum to myself.

I hum a lot. The vibration is soothing. I've never thought of it as a stim though.


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17 Jan 2015, 9:27 pm

I definitely have vocal tics. When I clear my throat that's a tic.

I guess I stim if you consider saying phrases under your breath just because they sound cool to be stimming.



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17 Jan 2015, 9:34 pm

"EhhhHhHh...".



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17 Jan 2015, 9:44 pm

Skibz888 wrote:
"EhhhHhHh...".

So...would I be right in thinking this is a throat clearing stim?


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17 Jan 2015, 9:48 pm

Raleigh wrote:
Skibz888 wrote:
"EhhhHhHh...".

So...would I be right in thinking this is a throat clearing stim?


Nope. Just when I'm nervous or upset, it's a sound I tend to make. Not unlike "uhh..." or "um...", though I have plenty of those, too.



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17 Jan 2015, 10:39 pm

I don't but my kids do. I have one kid who does a tuneless humming, and another who does loud ones and a variety including "ahyayayayaya" "ahdadadadadada", "dihdididididi", "washawashawasha"... Also he will spell the same word aloud for an hour or so nonstop and I've been told that's a stim. When he was about 6, he used to spell Graco every time we were in the car because that's the type of car seat he had (and it said Graco on it).


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17 Jan 2015, 11:43 pm

I often make a kind of cooing/purring sound, I don't really know how to explain it. I also make clicking sounds in the back of my throat and sometimes a phrase will get stuck in my head and I will want to repeat it frequently.



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18 Jan 2015, 1:07 am

I have many, but the one that gets me looks in public is an under my breath "bababababababa".

I breath in and go "babababababababa" I breath out and go "babababababa"

Its partly noise, but its only loud enough for me to hear it unless you happen to be standing in line in front of me at Walmart. It's also partly vibration. Breaks up all the "outside" noise into something a bit more manageable for me.

At home I make all kinds of vocal stims. Just because its stimmy and fun. Usually Zerberts/raspberries and whistling, meowing, growling.


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18 Jan 2015, 2:08 am

Not sure if this is really a vocal stim (maybe someone can tell me) but when I'm really sad or upset I start singing.



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18 Jan 2015, 2:10 am

I do vocal slides, just slide up and down in my vocal range. I don't remember exactly when I started doing it, but probably 3 or 4 years ago. Not loudly, but loud enough I guess. When I was 18 a girl kind of laughed and said, "Are you doing vocal slides?" I usually do it when I'm in a situation where I'm not allowed to sing. I sing significantly more than I speak pretty much every day.

I also like seeing what kinds of weird noises I can make with my voice, it's just fascinating to me :)

Edit: I forgot another one, sometimes make a clicking noise in my throat. I used to also do this weird thing when I breathed in in the back of my throat, around when I was 11 I think. It's hard to describe. Almost like a soft snoring noise, but I was awake and doing it on purpose. Sometimes I do it still, but not nearly as much since people thought it was weird, and it made me sound like I was having trouble breathing, which I wasn't.


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18 Jan 2015, 5:11 am

I stammer but that isn't really a vocal tic.

I also hum to myself, make clicking sounds with my tongue against my palate and clear my throat a lot. My brother who is probably on the spectrum but undiagnosed and not in need of diagnosis, sniffs compulsively which can be irritating.



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18 Jan 2015, 4:40 pm

Raleigh wrote:
russiank12 wrote:
I used to have words I would say and sounds I would make as a kid, but now I only vocally stim if there's a bad sound. I hum to myself.

I hum a lot. The vibration is soothing. I've never thought of it as a stim though.


Me too. For me it's less about the vocal vibration and more about the noise; it creates a barrier similar to white noise that blocks out unpleasant stimuli and makes me feel safer.

I also repeat lines or phrases from TV and movies that I like over and over again, and sometimes, during episodes of heightened anxiety, I'll keep repeating the same sentence, either mine or someone else's, until I feel better and can move past it.


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