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  1. Alice

    Adult Sensory Tools

    I use my massage rollers every day, several times - as soon as I come home, have a glass of water its the first thing I do to calm down from being out. I love it - and its not a specifically a sensory tool - nor are several things I use so I was just wondering what other people use as sensory tools. My massage roller looks like this, which I use on my under back on the ground, its so calming: I have another that looks like this, which I use less often: and this one I use on the bottom of my feet: I use to also use a rebounder (mini trampoline) but now I find it overstimulates/stresses me out more than helps (too much movement). I really want to get some more of different varieties. I also intend to make a weighted blanket - I can get sterilised sand from my local DIY store and have a sewing machine and the fabric ready, I just have to wait for a day where I feel confident enough to go there and get a taxi home, its a lot out of my comfort zone. I also do yoga - which is like internal body sensory stimulation and kettlebells which is a very natural easy movement. Working my muscles hard really helps with sensory stuff. Doing a headstand is really great for when im too stressed, because it requires a lot of focus - and just the pressure on my head just calms the sensory kind of buzzing I get. I just focus on poses that help the area of my body that is feeling uncomfortable. I would love to have a swing one day - or an in-house yoga swing - which look like a lot of fun. or just an indoor swing in general
  2. Does anyone else here have a problem with fast moving, flickering or flashing images in documentaries or films? I like to watch documentaries, but find that some are unwatchable because between the scenes they put these very fast moving images, or flashes. I find this really uncomfortable, the flashes feel like someone is flashing headlights straight into my eyes, and they hurt my eyes. Why do they make the documentaries like this? To illustrate my point, I will post a video with the kind of thing I mean. At about 00.35 the fast moving images start, and there are flashing images. Is this a sensory issue due to Asperger's, or could it be something else? Is this normal, or just me?
  3. does anyone find that when they are stressed that sounds like background noise and other noises become alot louder and you are more than likely to meltdown. i find this particularly when i am ill/stressed.i also find that i feel more disorientated and this makes me feel really detached from the outside world.
  4. Saveyourscissors

    Sensory room/get away.

    I really want to turn my spare bedroom into a sensory room/quite comfy space or get away room, I think if really benefit from it when anxious or having sensory overloads which I guess can be most days some days all day.. Also I want a bubble tube in there 100% Any way does anyone have one? Is it worth it? Do you benefit from it? How much? Did it cost a lot? Do you recommend anywhere to buy stuff for it from? Any good websites/shops? Any advice or recommendations for it?
  5. (deleted)

    Colour Filters

    I suppose that this isn't really an Asperger's thing but I just wanted to say that I've always had a bit of difficulty reading. I often have to go over what I've read a few times before the words even start to make sense in my brain, and I sometimes forgot what I've read only a few seconds later and then I have to re-read it again. And when I do read and remember everything, I almost always have to read the entire page again to actually comprehend the meaning of what is being said. I wasn't sure if anyone else regularly has these kinds of problems, but I just wanted to say that I've tried using a colour filter on my computer like what dyslexic people use and it hasn't made the problems go away completely but it has helped quite a bit. I find that when reading with the filter, the text is clearer in some ways. It isn't clearer visually because there's a lower contrast between the foreground and the background, but it's clearer for me to read. I find that I can skim over the text with a kind of ease that I've never really experienced before, and I remember and comprehend almost the entire page with just one reading and no backing-up and re-reading. And when I read my brain feels a lot more relaxed. The only problem that I've had with the filter so far is that I get a mild headache after using the same colour for an hour or two, so I have to change the colour from time to time. The other thing that I wish I could do is run my widescreen monitor at a 4:3 aspect ratio, because I sometimes find the long lines of text require me to move my head too much when reading, but somehow when I run it at a narrower resolution everything looks blurry even though I'm keeping the virtual-pixel to device-pixel ratio at 1:1. I might also consider getting some physical colour filters for use with printed material (or I could scan things into the computer). Thanks, invisible
  6. I just wanted to ask if anyone else has this issue? I wouldn't say that I exactly have any speech processing difficulties (I mean, I struggle to hear words from background noise but only in a particularly noisey environment or when there are a lot of people talking at the same time) but I generally find that I can't hear the words to songs. To me they just sound like random mubblings most of the time. It's worse in songs with backing singers, harmony singers (i.e. duets) and loud instruments, but most songs are like that for me actually. (In some ways I actually prefer it like that because I can appreciate the sounds of the music and the singer's experssion without being distracted by what they are singing - when I do find the words for songs I usually don't like them anyway, or think that they are inappropriate.) I generally find that the only group where I can make out a word or two is ABBA and I would guess that that is becuase they are not native English speakers (I know that that sounds a bit contradictory - as in how would a non-native English speaker sing clearer? - but I'm thinking that it could actually be that they are more aware of correct pronunciation and so their words come out clearer than those of other singers) but it's still not perfect - like that line in "Ring Ring" where they sing "Here I sit all alone impatiently./nWon't you please understand you're mocking me." but I always used to mishear it as "making me" LOL!!! "What the heck does that even mean???" I used to wonder. Or sometimes I thought that they never finished the line (as in "what are they making her?" - like "Won't you please understand you're making me [upset/anxious/worried/etc.]?" but there were no such words at the end.) Anyway I'm wondering if others also have this issue, and I find it particularly strange that I have that even though I don't really have any speech processing difficulties. Another probably unrelated thing (and I think that this one probably has to do with literal interpretation of things) is that when I was asked to sing a given song I would generally try to imitate the rythem and the guitar as well as the melody line (with no words of course!) - which of course I found rather difficult LOL!!! Anyway I'm just wondering if anyone else has either of these issues... Thanks, invisible
  7. L Lawliet

    Obsession with Boxes!

    Does anyone have an obsession with boxes? I used to get so excited if I was given a box, large or small, to play with. If it was a large cardboard box, I used to draw all over it, sit in it, cut eye holes in the side, etc. It was like a secret hide away that I felt really secure in. I would usually have the flaps closed too so it was nice and dark and I would take books and toys in it. Thinking about it, it was probably the equivalent of homemade sensory room I also had an obsession with small boxes to keep stuff in. I'm still like that now. When I went to Madagascar, I was given a box made of layered rosewood. It's beautiful, and I use it for little keepsakes. When I was a kid though, I used to have loads of boxes for jewellery and stuff. In the shops if I saw another one my mum used to be like "You have loads of boxes!" I wondered if it was a sensory thing for big boxes and a categorising thing for the small boxes that draws us aspies to them. Any thoughts?
  8. Little Pink Coupe

    Carrying comfort item(s)?

    I know I've posted about comfort/coping items before, but does anyone ever take them places with them? I usually take one or two small plushies with me when I got to classes at college - usually, it's my dolphin, Dory, and Babs from Chicken Run. I never take them out, tho - I worry that people would make fun of me, take them away and tear them up or not give them back, or see me with them and think I'm not intelligent or something. It does me good just to know they're in my backpack, though. I also take one of my Tangle toys and two stones with me to classes. The Tangle and the stones give me something to hold onto (manipulate with my hands) where I would normally be biting and picking at my nails, parts of my skin (dermatillomania) or pulling at my eyebrows and eyelashes (trichitillomania). When I go to my math class, I also take a plushie of Mac from Chicken Run with me...I feel really tense and scared, and "go inside my head" a lot when I'm in math class, since I always feel like the stupidest person in there and have had really bad experiences in math classes all my life. I started taking Mac to my math class at the suggestion of a friend who also has anxiety - she asked me if any of my plushie friends were good at math, and when I told that I thought Mac would be, she urged me to start carrying her around as well. When I'm going somewhere that's not school-related, I usually take my die cast car, Susie, with me in my bag, along with my Calico Critters cat my therapist gave me once. Dory, Babs, my stones and Tangle always come too. I find I tend to bring more comfort items with me places depending on how anxious I feel, or anticipate feeling. I try to limit myself to only two or three, tho - just Dory, Babs and Susie, or just bringing Dory. If I'm going to be riding in a bus or a car, or just feel like shutting everything out, I carry my MP3 player in my bag, too. Does anyone else carry comfort items around with them, whether it's out in the open or only in a backpack or bag?
  9. Well I suppose that this is more of a rant than a debate but I don't really know where else to put this. But anyway I just wanted to say that I don't think that supermarkets are very aspie-friendly given this morning's experiance with doing the grocery shopping. I went first to the one shop but when I got to the checkouts they had changed that whole area! All of the self-service checkouts were nowhere to be seen and so I had to use the manned checkout which I hate using because they damage all of your groceries (and of course there's the whole social things as well but for me I don't like the way that they handle all of your groceries). (And they did damage all of my groceries as well . I spend so long carefully choosing undamaged items and then they go and crush them all at the checkout???) But that wasn't the worst because then I went to the other shop and they had discontinued my favourite ready-meal and the one that I routinely buy! It really insults me how they can just do that. I mean, they know that I buy that meal often because I always get coupons for that meal but they don't even bother to ask me if I would mind if they discontinued it! How on earth can they do that? That is absolutely disgusting! I mean, surely other aspies have this problem as well, and clearly it didn't even cross their mind that maybe just maybe I was an aspie and I would be very upset if they discontinued that meal. What that means is that I'm going to either have to get a different meal or a different brand of the same meal - neither of which is a very acceptable solution as far as I'm concerned. And I doubt that if I went to the customer service desk and said that I was an aspie (assuming that I had a proper diagnoses as well of course...) that they would bring that meal back either. I just don't think that that is acceptable behaviour, as I need the kind of security that comes from having a weekly meal plan and for me it's bad enough when they're out of stock on something but to just discontinue it with absolutely no warning is totaly unbearable!!! Especially seeing as it was my favourite meal as well . I just don't think that that is very aspie friendly and the least that they could do is to offer a service for aspies where they can have the security of knowing that they will always be able to get the same meals. That was a really bad day at the shops!!! Why can't people just be a little more understanding of us??? :angry: Thanks, invisible
  10. Kuribo [old account]

    Sensory Issues

    It's very common for people on the spectrum to have sensory issues. Here are some of mine: I have very acute hearing, and can hear things that most Neurotypicals find surprising. This can be an advantage at times, but it also makes me very sensitive to constant, indecipherable sounds such as crowd noise. This is why I so frequently had headaches at school. Bright, flickering lights are very difficult to deal with. They cause my eyes to become slightly sore and can quickly bring on headaches. Intense, indecipherable noise combined with flickering bright lights is almost intolerable, and I've come home because of this quite a few times. I don't have any severe issues with fabrics like some other Autistic people do, but there are a couple which make me feel itchy and uncomfortable. Also, I have to either wear shoes with socks or go barefoot. Wearing socks alone feels very uncomfortable, like I'm only experiencing half of the sensations I normally would. What sensory issues do you have to deal with?
  11. L Lawliet

    Clocks

    I've noticed that due to sensory issues, a lot of Aspies don't like the sound of ticking clocks. However for me it is a sound that actually soothes me. It gives me something to focus on and allows me to drown out all of the other noises in the room. I would give anything to own a metronome. A beautiful vintage one. They're quite expensive for the decent sounding ones. I am very sensory and struggle very much with particular sounds, but I was wondering if I was actually one of the few Aspies that found clocks soothing. Anyone else?
  12. I use my iPod all of the time because without it I can hear EVERYTHING! I'm so sensitive to my surroundings that it can be unbearable without something to focus on. Some days I am really sound sensitive and it makes me want to run out of the room, especially when everything is going off at once (phones, printer, shredder, loud talking, phones, etc) Does anyone else use an iPod? I don't have it today because I've lost mine in my house somewhere and I'm going crazy without it
  13. Little Pink Coupe

    What are your coping items?

    Does anyone have coping items that they take around with them to help them stay comfortable and safe in situations that are difficult for them to feel comfortable and safe in? These can also be items that provide with positive sensory input, or just serve as protectors and companions. Here are my coping items: There are my plush ones. I have many stuffed animals and plushies, but these are the smaller ones that I take around with me in my bag, who make me feel "okay" during the day. Dory (the dolphin) is my favorite (and oldest one) and she has an official button to show it: And these are my non-plush coping items: (The book is there so Judith (the Wild Thing) won't fall over.) I also have a keychain of Grumpy the dwarf attached to my keys (not pictured) - he has a fluffy beard I like to stroke. Does anyone else have special items that help them feel safe, comfortable, and less lonely?
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