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Tag: sensory sensitivity

I Flow Charted My Autism

I like to draw flow charts and make lists to understand where I’m at. I especially like to do this for my writing, teaching, and learning goals. Today, I made a flow chart with bullet points for where I’m at with my autism, including the research I need to do on brain regions, as well…

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“She does this for attention.”

“She calls it a meltdown, but it’s just a temper tantrum because she didn’t get her way.” “You have control over your behavior. Stop making excuses and calm down.” “So much drama.” “I don’t love you when you act like this.” For November 2018, I’m exploring different things people have said to me, then the…

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“Can I give you a hug?”

For November 2018, I’m exploring different things people have said to me, then the internal thoughts those remarks stirred. I appreciate you asking. I appreciate that you’re here. I hope you aren’t sad when I’m done with us hugging. I seem to be done with the hug before you. It’s a lot of sensory information,…

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“You need to calm down.”

For November 2018, I’m exploring different things people have said to me, then the internal thoughts those remarks stirred. Today I had surgery. Today I might write a wee loud. I told every medical professional I met, from doctor to blood draw, that I’m on the autism spectrum, and I’m also sensory sensitive; so let’s…

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55 Recent Overstimulations

Since I’m experiencing my third bout of insomnia in the last month, I thought I’d document the sources of different overstimulations that may have contributed to my sleeping issues, as well as meltdowns, shutdowns, migraines, diarrhea, and/or anxiety attacks. None of these stimuli are from long ago; these are all events within a 30-day window.…

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Turn a Bath Bomb into Movement

Bath bombs are an experience. While you can run a bath, drop a fizzy sphere into it, and call it a day, I like to turn my bath bombs into rituals by adding different layers of sensory stimulation—similar to the multi-sensory candlelight experiences I explored yesterday. The exception to this is when I’m trying to…

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Scented Soap for Sensory Sensitivity

I just love a freshly scented bath with a nicely textured soap. 🤗 Textures are a huge deal for many autistic people; touch can make or break an autistic person’s vulnerability to meltdowns, shutdowns, anxieties, and other “bad day” stuff. For instance, I used to wear sweatpants in elementary school (despite bullying) because jeans stripped me of all…

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