Sensory Diet

This is the final part in a series about sensory sensitivities and atypical sensory processing. Read the other parts: Part 1  |  Part 2 | Part 3 When we think of diet or dieting, we usually think of restricting our intake in some way. But a sensory diet isn’t about restriction, it’s about fulfilling sensory needs and improving … Continue reading Sensory Diet

Sensory Sensitivities: Understanding Triggers

This is part 3 in a series about sensory sensitivities and atypical sensory processing. Read the other parts: Part 1  |  Part 2  |  Part 4 ——- While atypical sensory filtering is related to sensory sensitivities, not all unfiltered sensory data will trigger sensitivities. Remember the sounds I described hearing as I’m typing this? I’m … Continue reading Sensory Sensitivities: Understanding Triggers

Sensory Seeking

The summer before seventh grade I went to an amusement park with my cousins. Until that day, my amusement park experience had been limited to kiddie rides. My parents weren’t roller-coaster-riding types and I guess they assumed I wasn’t either. So there I was, first time in a real amusement park with real rides and … Continue reading Sensory Seeking

Survey: Sensory Sensitivities and Work/School Strategies

The response to the relationship survey last week was fantastic! People continued adding answers all week, so you might want to pop back there and read the latest responses if you haven’t. This week we have 8 questions about sensory sensitivities and 6 about work/school. You can answer here in the comments or anonymously at … Continue reading Survey: Sensory Sensitivities and Work/School Strategies

What I learned While Running, Swimming and Biking 293 Miles in 8 Weeks

When I decided to sign up for a triathlon back in June, my baseline goal was simply to finish. The distances all looked doable and I figured that as long as I didn’t get hurt, finishing the race was just a matter of pacing myself well. What I hadn’t counted on was 2-3 foot waves … Continue reading What I learned While Running, Swimming and Biking 293 Miles in 8 Weeks

Coping Strategies Survey

This week’s questions are all about coping strategies. Traveling, panic attacks, aging, job hunting, emotions, obsessions – it’s a great mix and I think we’re going to come up with a great big pool of potential strategies that we can all draw on when needed. You know the drill–if you’re on the spectrum, either formally … Continue reading Coping Strategies Survey

Backstopping: Supporting the Autistic Person in Your Life

The Scientist and I moved cross-country a few years ago. We made the drive In four days and by the middle of the fourth day I was on the verge of shutdown. It was way past lunch time, we were out of snacks and we were driving through Middle of Nowhere, West Virginia. When we … Continue reading Backstopping: Supporting the Autistic Person in Your Life

How We Experience the World Survey

I was stumped for a title on this one. The questions all center around various ways we experience the world around us, but they’re about as loosely related as you can get and still say there’s a theme. If you want to answer anonymously, you can do so at Survey Monkey.   1. Is the fascination … Continue reading How We Experience the World Survey

Behavior is Communication: Are You Listening?

Behavior is communication. This has become a catchphrase in the autism community. And for good reason. It’s certainly true. A child runs from a store and experts assure the frustrated parent that behavior is communication. A parent asks for advice about why their recently diagnosed child bursts into tears at bathtime and experienced parents nod … Continue reading Behavior is Communication: Are You Listening?

Autistic Regression and Fluid Adaptation

In my last post, I talked about my recent language difficulties and mentioned autistic regression. Sometimes called autistic burnout, autistic regression is a loss of skills or coping mechanisms. Regression can refer to a specific set of skills or abilities: progressively losing the ability to speak deteriorating executive function reduced memory capacity loss of self-care … Continue reading Autistic Regression and Fluid Adaptation