Autism, Sensory, Uncategorized

Sensory Diets

I was speaking with someone in a social media group the other day who was discussing her daughter's sensory sensitivities and was essentially asking for advice on what she could do to help her daughter. One of the things that I recommended to her was a sensory diet. Now, I'm familiar with what a sensory… Continue reading Sensory Diets

Autism, Sensory, Uncategorized

Stimming

I very briefly mentioned the word 'stim' in my last post,  and I thought that I would take a little bit to expand on what stimming is, what it may look like, etc. Stimming, also called self-stimulation or more clinically stereotypy, is a repetitive movement or sound that autistic people make. All autistic people stim.… Continue reading Stimming

Autism, Sensory, Uncategorized

Shutdowns + Meltdowns

In my last post, I discussed sensory overload and the fact that if sensory overload occurs, and isn't addressed using supports and techniques specific to my needs, or the needs of the person at hand, it can result in meltdowns, shutdowns, or both. Essentially, shutdowns are a specific type of meltdown. They come from a… Continue reading Shutdowns + Meltdowns

Autism, Sensory

Sensory Overload

In my post, Atypical Sensory Processing 101, I mentioned that with the autistic/SPD brain the things that get filtered through our sensory gates are an amalgam of relevant and irrelevant, and I described all of the processing of these inputs that our brains do AT ONCE. These sensory triggers can very easily lead to sensory… Continue reading Sensory Overload