I’ve been thinking a lot about all the little idiosyncrasies of ASD. It occurs to me that stimming exists in the NT world, as well. The purpose of stimming is distraction from anxiety triggers. It also occurs to me that these behaviors, properly channeled, can be very beneficial. For me, it’s music. That primal rhythm and beautiful melody transports me to a plane where I am able to focus, and block out all the little distractions that interfere with the task at hand. I’ve observed Autists and NTs alike, fidgeting, cleaning compulsively, talking to oneself. I suppose the difference is whether the behavior is disruptive, or whether you answer the questions asked when talking to oneself.?