First Time Ever:
Night of the Living Stim

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Thursday, October 17, 2013
Planned Run: 7pm - 9pm
Actual Run: 7pm - 10:30pm
(Eastern Standard Time)

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The first ever Night of the Living Stim was an exciting celebration of the pleasures and benefits of stimming, as well as an educational opportunity that saw great success. For 3˝ hours, Twitter was abuzz with tweets linking to blog posts and videos, describing favorite stims and stims of the moment, advocating acceptance and understanding of stimming, answering parents' questions, and generally expressing the joy of stimming. Here is some further info on the festivities of the evening:

The original online announcement
was viewed 668 times by the start of the event. See it at the following address: http://tinyurl.com/om3wz6f

The printable version of the announcement
was accessed 14 times and can still be found linked to the original announcement.

Hashtag #LvngStm was used on Twitter
by those participating in the evening's activities.

Hashtag #LIASChat was also added on Twitter
by those participating in the live chat hosted by @LynneSoraya

Everyone who wanted to participate was asked to consider the following:
  • What is stimming?
  • Why do we do it?
  • What challenges do we face in connection with it?
  • What makes stimming awesome for us?
as well as:
  • Have you got a favorite stim?
  • Do you have stories about stimming to share?
  • What do you wish others knew about stimming?

and invited to join us on Twitter to:
  • Tweet all about stimming - whatever you want to say about it
  • Share links to blog posts and videos about stimming that you've created or enjoyed
  • Be part of the live chat
  • Help increase knowledge and promote understanding
  • Have lots of fun!!!
Those not on Twitter were encouraged to engage in parallel activities in celebration of stimming.

The following links were tweeted over the course of the evening:

Blog Posts by Autism Spectrumites

Blog/Facebook Posts by Parents

Pictures by Autism Spectrumites

Photo Collection Tweets
(Looking at pictures for lengths of time is also a stim!)

Videos by Autism Spectrumites


Follow The Evening's Actively Tweeting Participants on Twitter!!!
If I've missed anyone who joined in, please let me know, so I can add you to this list. Just scroll down for my contact information. If you were with us but reading without tweeting, thanks for being there. If you engaged in parallel activity on another social network or were simply with us in spirit, we're glad for your involvement, too. Everybody matters! Here's who tweeted together that night:

Many support posts promoting the event also appeared in advance of the event on various blogs.
  • Please scroll down to see the known list of supporters who did this.
  • If you also made a support/promotional blog post and aren't listed here, please let me know if you'd like to be. You can reach me at the address at the bottom of this page.

An amazing time was had by all, and there was great interest in repeating the event!

Night of the Living Stim,
An educational and entertaining evening,
was developed by
Monkey Pliers   @monkeypliers
Renee Salas  @srsalas13
Ben Forshaw  @bjforshaw
Vicki aka Forgotten  @TwinsMa
Bridget Allen  @ItsBridgetsWord
lynnesoraya  @LynneSoraya
supported on the Web by
Asperger's / Autism Toolbox
S.R. Salas (blog) aka Renee Salas (on Facebook)
Shaping Clay
Married, With Aspergers
One Quarter Mama
(as well as many others who linked to us without our knowing)
and promoted by tweet on on Twitter by
Ariane @EmmasHopeBook       Ben Forshaw @bjforshaw       Brenda Rothman @mamabegood       Bridget Allen @ItsBridgetsWord       JD @JDAAT   lynnesoraya @LynneSoraya       MonkeyPliers @MonkeyPliers       Penny Higgins @paleololigo       Renee Salas @srsalas13       Shannon Rosa @shannonrosa       Shelterkeep @shelterkeep       Stimming Checklist @whatisstimming       TP Guide to Autism @thinkingautism       Tripsy Danger @Katzedecimal       Vicki aka Forgotten @TwinsMa

Thanks to all!!!

If you also made a support/promotional blog post
and aren't listed here,
please let me know if you'd like to be.
You can reach me at: