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I started once more to write some psychology/neurology essays on Asperger and his clinic. This I tend to do in Russian. The simple reason is it's a great way to develop language skills. I use a mix of "tools" to hopefully use as correct Russian as possible. Sometimes I try to make a sentence myself. Other times I use translation tools to help me make the sentence. For Russian there are lots of sites that deal in linguistics. If you want to study the use of a certain expression, a site will give various side by side translations. I still get unpleasant reactions to using Russian. I bumped into two girls last week who were from Belarus. They continued to reply in English, unlike the Hispanics who seem quite pleased if you make the effort to learn their language. Still, it is not a problem. I have movies in DVD I can sometimes use. Still, it's weird. In Russia my articles have sometimes been censored or tampered with but I can publish in independent webspace. I can likewise evade attempts to restrict free expression. These days pretty much "all" students of Russian as a foreign language are mostly from India, but also the Middle East. I think the language has dropped in popularity in the U.K., U.S. and Australia. It hit an upward spike during the Gorbachev period. By the way, job-wise, I find in this country it's pretty much 99 per cent Russian naturals who find employment as translators. That includes the M.O.D. I have no answer to that. Only that there's lot of neurology research in Russian which I translate for myself. Finally, mistakes are made by Russian translators. I have one film where there are odd mistakes in sense which tells me the audience was missing subtle parts of the original movie. O.K. so now the fun part. My part of my own Russian article fed into Google Translate: "Анализ проводился внутри клиника где жили дети-аутисты в качестве постояльцев. Именно так, было возможно наблюдать поведение пациентов, их реакции на окружающую среду, их трудности в школе и как можно лучше организовать адаптированные уроки." "The analysis was carried out inside the clinic where autistic children lived as guests. That is, it was possible to observe the behavior of patients, their reactions to the environment, their difficulties in school and the adapted lessons to be organized as best as possible." Last bit eluded the software. Should be, "how it would be possible to best organize special classes.."
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