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anonymous asked:

Hey I'm new to the idea of stim toys 'cos I'm newly diagnosed and I'd like to ask if you have any "starter" ideas for stim toys or ideas for squeezeable stim toys that give a bit of resistance when you squish them. Things not smelling or making noise is a big plus.

I see we have another stimming convert! Fabulous. Not that we’re trying to take over the world or anything…

Anon, I’ve got several posts that I consider Stim Toy 101, including posts on breaking down toys into categories and posts on the more popular fidget toys. I’ll list those, and then I’ll finish by listing the toys that I think fit your brief.

So. For anyone new to the wide and wonderful world of stim toys, here’s what I hope to be useful reading:

@wrennigan​‘s Chewable Comparison Post: a list that compares many Stimtastic chewables.

Household Stimmy Items: a list of readily available stimmy objects for folks who don’t have online access to conventional toys or need to be stealth in their stimming.

Subtle On-The-Person Toys: toys that are easily portable and less like to draw attention, also great for folks who need to be stealth.

Common Tactile Toys: a list of the most common tactile stim toys and how they’re used. This is a great post for “starter” toys, anon!

Categories of Stim Toys: things to keep in mind when building a varied stim kit.

My Stim Kit: an example of the kind of kit you might build.

Varying Your Stimming: why you should be a little mindful about your stimming, because you don’t want to end up with chronic pain or injury.

@whisperstims​‘s Stim Toy Hygiene Post: how to clean your stim toys.

DIY Stim Toy Master Posts, One and Two: lists of links to all sorts of tutorials for DIY toys. The degree of difficulty varies here: some tutorials and DIYs are easy, others require a bit of crafting experience.

Autistic Sellers and Crafters Post: a list of autistic stim toy store owners and stim toy crafters.

Now, we’ll move into the rec portion of the answer. Squishable, with resistance, but silent and scentless. All links go to our tags, because by now there’s several posts telling you where you can find the thing.

Squishies: available in a variety of resistances, very squishable, available many places online. Some of these are slow-rising, which mean they compress tightly and take time to expand; others compress less well. Some, like the mochi squishies, are rubbery and gel-like, but most are made from foam. The better quality squishies generally cost more, sadly; I’ve had good experiences with the SquishyFun brand, and I’ve heard good things about Areedy squishies as well. Unfortunately, many squishies are scented, and while some listings state this, many don’t specify scent, so buying these can be a bit of a risk.

Stress balls: usually made from foam, available in a variety of resistances (firmer than most squishies), silent. Most of these don’t have odours, but I recently bought some that did smell chemically. These are readily available in dollar shops and just about everywhere online.

Fabric or crocheted stress balls: weighted, good for crunching and scrunching, no scent, do make low noise as they contain weighted pellets and, sometimes, crinkle paper. The mesh fabric stress balls I have are quieter than the crocheted ones.

Grape or mesh stress balls: squishy, available in varying resistances, do make a slight slurping sound as the slime inside the ball moves.

Puffer balls and puffer creatures: very soft and squishy, but the majority of them have a chemical-rubber scent that I can’t bear. This said, I own one ball from a dollar shop that has no odour, and the puffer worms I smelt at Sensory Oasis for Kids have no odour, so they do exist. This one, I think, is very much a try to find in person item because of the risk of bad smells, but they are available in many dollar and toy shops.

Wool stress balls and wool dryer balls: soft woolen balls that you can squish in your hand. No smell, no odour but that of wool unless you add scent - just a wool ball you can squish or tear.

Makeup blending sponges: a teardrop or hourglass shape sponge, generally medium resistance, great for squishing. No scent or sound, just a lovely fine-spongy texture. I’ve seen them from most dollar and department stores starting at $3-$4 AUD, but the brand name sponges are absolutely not needed for stimming.

(Many sponges in general are good for squishing, and if you like rough textures, check out this ask for a few more rough-textured sponges that are squishable.)

Disney mini Tsum Tsum plush: no scent, very squishable, lots of great textures, a small amount of sound if you press the small pocket of weighted pellets in the plush’s belly (above the strip of faux suede used as the toy’s base).

Thinking Putty and TheraPutty: one of the firmest items here, if you like a lot of resistance when squishing, but Thinking Putty does tend to crack and snap when moulded. It’s not constant, so it’s like a crack here and a snap there, but know that it does. TheraPutty makes no noise at all. No scent for either, unlike most putties and doughs.

I hope that gives you somewhere to start, anon. If you have any more questions, please ask away!

Now Taking Information about Fan Crafts!

Fan crafters! Lovers of fan crafts! If you’ve been watching the auction stuff go by and wondering how you can get involved in exchanging fanworks for donations-to-good-causes, your time has now come! 

We are now accepting information from fan crafters, to be posted on this page. (In addition to following the link here, you can also find a link at the top of blog’s homepage.) Interested crafters can send us their info using this form, and we will post it to that page. Though signing up ASAP will give you maximum exposure to interested donors/buyers, we will be accepting information through January 18th. There is no reason that the buying and selling has to stop then, but we will no longer be maintaining the page after that point.

** Please note that the exchange of fan crafts for donations is NOT an official part of the auction. Our involvement goes only as far as posting crafters’ information in a centralized place. Creators and buyers will need to negotiate the terms of sale (cost, who covers shipping, who is responsible for lost items, &c.) independently: we at the auction are not overseeing these exchanges. **

so wait, is this not part of the actual auction?

As we explained in this post, we realized awhile back that we would not be able to include fan crafts in the official auction.

That being said, we agree (as you probably do too) that fancrafts are awesome and worth buying, and we want to do what we can to help fan crafters who want to donate their creations in support of these important causes. So we are using our platform to offer crafters and buyers a place to connect.

I’m a fan crafter, and I want to donate! How can I do it?

It’s simple: just fill out this brief form by January 18th (though sooner is better – we will be posting information on a rolling basis, as it comes in.) We will post the information you send us on our dedicated Fan Crafts page, where potential buyers can find you.

I want to buy fancrafts for a good cause! How can I do it?

You can visit that dedicated Fan Crafts page mentioned above, which will have a running list of crafters, their offerings, and ways to donate in exchange for those offerings. (Please note that different crafters will offer different ways for getting in touch – please abide by their requests.) We will be updating it a couple of times a day from now until January 18th. 

And don’t forget to keep an eye out for the fanworks auction, opening January 12th!