I’ve written a blog on here about Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) but I wanted to write a post about something linked to SPD but which causes a worsening of symptoms and pain, that is sensory overload. So to me the world is louder, brighter, smellier than it is for most people. I can’t eat certain … More Sensory overload
Sarcasm: ‘The use of irony to mock or convey contempt’ Joke: ‘A thing that someone says to cause amusement or laughter, especially a story with a punchline’ Metaphor: ‘a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable.’ Figure of speech: … More No, I really don’t get it!
Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) (AKA Central Auditory Processing Disorder) can be a disorder in its own right, or it can be as a symptom or part of another condition. Not every autistic person has APD, but it is quite common amongst autistic people. So what is APD. Well it is a difficulty processing sounds in … More Auditory Processing Disorder
‘Self-stimulatory behaviour, known as stimming’ Stimming is something done to calm, stimulate and express one’s emotions. It is most prevalent in autistic people, but also people with ADHD, SPD, anxiety and various other disabilities may stim. Although on a minor level everyone regardless of disability stims. Ever clicked your pen in a meeting or lesson? … More Stimming
Disclaimer before you read this. At no point do I wish to police an autistic persons choice of how to define them self, this is about me and my reasoning behind my choice, but I understood things around this by discovering information about it and coming to an understanding that I am autistic not a … More Why I’m autistic and not a person with autism
I want you to read the two paragraphs below and as you’re reading them think which you would label ‘high functioning’ and which ‘low functioning’ based on your instincts. P has regular sensory overloads and meltdowns, these cause P to feel physically ill and exhausted and mentally drained for days afterwards. They wear sunglasses and … More Why I hate functioning labels
A few weeks ago I was officially given a diagnosis of autistic spectrum condition. I am autistic, I’ve been autistic my whole life, but not until being just over 26 am I actually diagnosed. It was back in February 2014 where my old psychiatrist said she believed I’m autistic and wanted to get me referred … More Diagnosed autistic and yes I’m relieved