Is oral fixation common with autism? Is that a stim? I’m new to the community (I was diagnosed with aspergers almost 6 years ago, but I’m just now actually reaching out into the community) and not familiar with all these terms… but I constantly have something in my mouth. I used to smoke cigarettes, but I’ve had horrible asthma my whole life and this clearly only made it worse, so a friend turned me onto e-cigarettes (excellent by the way, love them, my lungs are much happier), but even when I don’t want nicotine, I constantly have something in my mouth. Pens, small flashlights (though this is mostly utility - I’m an automotive technician and I only have two hands lol), chewing gum, cough drops… is this stimming? I don’t understand 🙈🙈
(Please use the ask box next time, it makes it easier to answer stuff)
That’s a common form of stimming, yeah. There are chewable things specifically intended for this that are a lot safer to put in your mouth– maybe try stimtastic, chubuddy, or ARK therapeutic?