What is stimming, exactly? It’s the body’s way of dealing with overwhelming sensory input, like too much noise, light, heat, etc. Stimming is also amazing and very important for people with special sensory needs, like our main character, Joey. There are lots of ways that people stim. It can look like hand flapping, hair twirling, echolalia, galloping, rocking, and many other things. It’s important to always stim safely!
From the Author
When my two-year-old was newly diagnosed on the autism spectrum, I was filled with fear and anxiety. Autism is often pathologized when it is explained to parents. After many years of learning from and consulting with #actuallyautistic people, I was empowered with authentic, helpful information about this incredible neurotype. My son began to thrive so much more and a new chapter began for our family. Neurodiversity is beautiful and should be celebrated. This work is one result of our experiences and we hope you enjoy it. -Erin Garcia
Author of The Case of Sensational Stims
Who Is This For?
This book is intended for neurodiverse people, children, and for caregivers of children with special sensory needs.
Anyone who knows or loves a neurodiverse person will enjoy this book.
It is especially helpful who don’t know much about autism but want to learn.
Read more about how to become a better ally
What’s the Story About?
Joey and his sister, Elise, love to have fun. That is, until something unexpected happens. They need to solve the case of sensational stims so they can go play!
From the Illustrator
I wish this book was around when I was a kid. It would have helped me understand why I need to stim.- Christian Bajusz,
Illustrator of The Case of Sensational Stims
Garcia engages the reader in an important conversation about Autism using this short story. It is informative and fun! In today’s fast moving world, it’s critical to slow down, take time to be informed, and apply the information we learn to help children thrive. Hands down one of the best children’s books I’ve read this year!”
-Jessica Rencher, M.Ed.
Rarely have I read a book (or blog) that has impacted me as much as “The Case of Sensational Stims”. The tone of the book is loving, supportive and honest. Additionally, important information is shared in a matter-of-fact way. “The Case of Sensational Stims” presents a positive, personable and proactive approach for those of us whose lives have intersected with those on the autism spectrum. Rather than seeing neurodiversity as a problem, we are encouraged to accept it for all that it can offer.
Erin Garcia personalizes a very real human experience that, for the most part, has been relegated primarily to clinical discussion. “The Case of Sensational Stims” invites all of us to become more knowledgeable, more accepting, and especially more willing to embrace this gift. – Jean R.