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The pleasures of motion, e.g. rocking, spinning

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When I was very young I always used to like going on swings and going down slides. Roundabouts were fun as well. As an adult I do still like certain kinds of motion. I really like leaning back on a chair so it's only standing on its hind legs. Spinning in a swivel chair can be enjoyable for me as well. I don't use lifts (elevators) very much but get a really nice feeling in my stomach as the lift moves up and down - especially when it starts moving. There can be a similar but milder feeling on escalators (moving staircases). Going over a hill in a car gives the same pleasant stomach feeling although only it seems when I am a passenger, not when I am driving. 

Enjoying these kinds of movement is sometimes linked to ASD although I would have thought these would be nice feelings for anyone. Do others get the same enjoyment out of them?

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Nesf

I don't think that this is exclusively an ASD thing - everyone gets pleasure out of these movements - otherwise playground rides and theme parks with rides wouldn't exist. As people get older, they are socially trained to sit still and not engage in them. Perhaps people with ASD are less inhibited socially, get anxious more easily and use them more to calm their nerves or to reset their emotions and stimulation levels.

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Sanctuary

That's a good analysis - maybe the difference (if there is one) is in terms of degree or openness. As regards theme park rides I haven't been on one for a very long time but can only cope with the less challenging ones. The motion isn't really the problem but being so high above the ground and feeling so exposed (even though I am safely strapped in) I find very scary. I could only manage the higher rides with my eyes closed. Even images on TV of someone looking our from a rooftop or cliff edge I find very unnerving but if they're looking out through a closed window it's okay. Overall I find motion enjoyable if it's at ground level or high up but safely "boxed in". 

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collectingrocks

I can't sit still. Although I don't rock or spin, I drum my fingers a lot

But I don't do this in public as I know it would annoy people - just as much it would annoy me if someone else was doing it

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