Many autistic people avoid certain “typical” smells that autistic people don’t seem to mind. But then, at the same time, we may also actively seek scents that appeal to us greatly. In fact, some scents may help us regulate from sensory overload. Smell (n.)The use of the nose to recognize the odor quality of something. Also […]
Bumping into tables. Tripping on thin air. Flapping hands. Lifting weights at the gym. While seemingly unrelated, these four descriptors all represent autistic experiences with the Proprioceptive Sense. Proprioception (n.)Awareness of the position and movement of the body. Also known as Spatial Awareness or Kinesthesia. Signs of Unmet Proprioceptive Needs:-Tripping and stumbling-Bumping into objects-Shaking the legs, […]
Twirling until dizzy. Falling over while sitting. Sleeping in a hammock. Hip pain. These four experiences are some of many examples that fall under the umbrella of the Vestibular Sense. Vestibular Sense (n.)Awareness of coordination and spatial orientation as controlled by the parts of the inner ear. Also known as the Sense of Balance. Signs […]
Touch is a sensitive subject. Some autistic people love exploring the textures of items, yet we may also feel very uncomfortable with physical touch. No matter the personal preference, it is essential that our personal tactile needs are respected. Touch (n.)The awareness of something physical by coming into contact with it through fingers, hands, skin, etc. […]
If you’re feeling stressed or confused, find a visual stim to stare at and clock out with. This can be anywhere from a intricately patterned window shutter to an iTunes music visualizer (although I would recommend putting the music on silent if you’re in a negative state).
As mesmerizing as flashing lights may be, don’t stare for too long. Afterward, I find that my social capabilities decrease due to mental disorientation.
Repetitive sound can be soothing. Try sound machines, or find yourself a waterfall to frequent!