Hey everyone! Last week I was interviewed by the lovely Thomas from @aspergersgrowth on his podcast ‘Thoughty Auti’.
It went live last Saturday so go check it out! It’s everywhere you’d normally listen to podcasts and also on his YouTube channel too! Was such a nice chat and we talked all things sensory and autism related. Let me know what you think 💭
Another little doodle from me: this time just some quick little tips on how to survive this extremely festive/social/party season!🎄
If I’m truly honest I find this particular time of year difficult due to my sensory difficulties and because I am autistic. I find family gatherings quite hard so I like to go hide in the toilet every so often to keep myself calm and stop myself from getting overwhelmed.
I’ve also learnt to say no to a lot more events this festive season (obviously in a nice/ polite way!) so I’ve avoided the work Christmas party and work team party (why so many parties?!). As I result I have been questioned beyond belief (eye roll) by certain colleagues but I’ve stood my ground. I don’t do parties or large social gatherings – never have, never will. And that’s okay.
I hope you have a lovely Christmas / festive season and thank you so much for all your support this year – it’s really meant a lot to me!
Yoga…it’s something I’ve been doing for a little while now – once a month but something in the new year that I want to practice more. I go with my mum to a local yoga session.
There’s bits I find hard (instructor touching you to correct your position/posture occasionally, bare feet, strong smells from diffusers, general lack of body confidence and utter hatred of group classes 😂) but I manage.
I do enjoy the movement (not so much the lying down / quiet / meditative bits because I cannot for the life of me understand how people can be calm and relaxed when someone is talking them in a soft whispery voice) but that’s me just being honest sensory-wise.
I’m trying to ‘go with the flow’ more but it’s so hard as a sensory and autistic person 🤷🏻♀️ I think I’ll practice more at home with my lil’ mat! I’m definitely feeling the benefits though and enjoy challenging myself with different variations of positions / poses.
Activity books: HobbyCraft and The Works are great for activity books in the UK. Also again worth shopping around online and looking on Amazon
Scented candles: Yankee Candles can be quite overpowering sometimes so I recommend trying out candles before buying them or gifting a voucher for a candle store! Also supermarkets and places like TK/TJ Maxx do great more affordable scented candles that usually aren’t as strong.
Weighted jacket: Honestly cannot recommend the Sensory Direct weighted jacket highly enough – I bought my own (not sponsored) and honestly love it. Even the hood is weighted!
Weighted lap pad: Also worth looking at all the weighted products on the Sensory Direct store.
Books on Autism: so SO many great books available online on Amazon and in book stores such as Waterstones.
Books by Autistic people: I only had room to mention 3 above but please Google books by Autistic people further – there are such a wide range of fab books out there to read I couldn’t possibly name them all. Also look back through my blog posts to see which books I’ve read and my reviews on them!
Retro games / game consoles: Have a look online at CEX, Amazon, Game, HMV, etc
Music subscription: Worth looking into a Spotify or Apple Music subscription as a gift/voucher
Vinyl / CD’s: Your best bet is to look online, in local vintage vinyl stores or on sites like Ebay for some good finds
Lava lamp: Double check you buy one that comes with the bulb as they can be quite specific and hard to find!
Soft toys: again worth looking on Amazon and shopping around different toy stores
Happiness book and so many happiness journal books are available these days. I would recommend looking online at Amazon reviews and in larger book stores too
Mindfulness book and again mindfulness journals can be found everywhere these days. I’ve found lots of stationary stores have ranges of them too
Sunglasses: Vouchers for/towards sunglasses or tinted glasses can be super helpful!
Sweets / Candy: There are cute subscription boxes that will deliver sweets/candy to your door monthly, or just buy some old fashioned sweets from a local store or pick ‘n’ mix!
Noise Cancelling headphones: Worth researching into both Sony and Bose noise cancelling headphones. They both seem to be leading the way in terms of NC / ambient sound reduction. Also some great (much more affordable) NC headphones are available on Amazon at different price points – great whatever your budget! Might be worth getting a voucher towards headphones as that allows the person to go into a store and try before they buy.
Chewigem Chubes: Great for tying to the ends of hoodie drawstrings if you are a nervous biter like I am and end up ruining the strings on all your jumpers
Coming back at you with another doodle, this time about coping on public transport! 🚌
I’ve had 3 (day long) training courses in London throughout November (you might have seen some photos on my Instagram Stories which are now under my ‘London Trip’ highlight) 🇬🇧Commuting is hard like generally (I don’t think anybody truly loves commuting especially not long distances) but commuting can be just that bit more difficult for those who have sensory issues and are autistic.
It can be loud (like underground tubes seem to squeal on the tracks in London 24/7…listen below!
Add to that the change in smells, proximity to other people and just general rush everyone in it can be very overwhelming. It’s disorientating at the best of times trying to find your way around train stations, bus stations, airports etc!
So my doodle above includes some things that have helped me before. Of course (as always) I can’t include everything in one small drawing and these thing may not help everyone but I thought I’d share the sensory aids I use. Any top tips for using (or just generally surviving) public transport? 🚃
Do have a listen either on her website, Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts usually 🎧
The episode is all about ‘masking’ as an autistic / sensory person. Thanks again to the lovely Nikki for having me on, and do check out her website here 🙂
Here’s what Nikki wrote in the podcast description:
Today on the podcast I’m talking all about autism masking and sensory processing disorder. I receive a lot of messages and emails from you all about masking or camouflaging. And I thought the best way to help answer your questions – was to do a podcast episode on the subject!
I love being able to share my knowledge with you all, this time I wanted personal experience. I came across Emily on Instagram when she shared a great visual image about masking. And that’s when I knew, Emily would be perfect to come on my podcast.
Emily is diagnosed with sensory processing disorder, and she is currently going through the diagnosis process of autism. She is the creator of 21 and Sensory. And on here, she shares her daily life and experiences to spread awareness and acceptance within the community.
WHAT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT?
Today on the podcast, we are talking all about;
Who is Emily?
What is masking?
Why might someone mask?
What affect can masking have on an individual?
How do people mask?
What way can others in the community support you?
Emily’s personal experience
This is such an open and honest interview from Emily. I hope that you’re able to take away some ideas and knowledge from this epsiode today.