I thought I’d ask…

Is there anything anybody wants to see covered on my blog? Can be anything really! Could be to do with anxiety, relationships, OCD, sensory difficulties, growing up, being an adult, uni, school, etc?

Or if you have a question you’d like to ask me why not comment below? (I won’t bite I promise I’m nice!) ☺️

SPD, being ill and having a low pain threshold…

So I’ve had the flu this week. It’s been horrible and I haven’t been able to go to uni or doing any uni work. This instantly got me stressed and out of my routine which I hated. Added to this I have quite possibly the lowest pain threshold known to human kind – so it really wasn’t a great week.
I don’t want to annoy my family but I can’t help but complain when I am in pain and I just want someone to make me feel better (which I know isn’t going to work!)

I think I’m much more aware of pain in my body because of my SPD. I think this is because I’m so sensitive to everything that is going on around me all the time and when I notice I’m in pain I can’t distract myself from it very well.

How to you manage being ill or being in pain? Do you have a low pain threshold too? Let me know in the comments below 😉

Graduating in 2016…🎓

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I just don’t want to leave uni. Not now and not for a while (or maybe ever)…

I’ve been at uni for 4 years now. (1 year art foundation course,  3 year degree course) its been my little home from home I guess (even though I’ve been living at home the whole time!)

Education wise I hated primary school, hated most of secondary school and only really enjoyed sixth form and my uni years of my life in education. Being dyslexic (and only finding out this when I was 19!) has meant writing essays and dissertations for the past few years has been difficult for someone who isn’t super academic.I picked my uni course as it was coursework assessed and didn’t require me to take any exams which has been brilliant.

My final deadline is at the end of April and I graduate in June. Then my uni is over…im hoping to get a full time job before September – well thats my aim anyway. Im looking forward to getting a full time job and getting a routine back in place again – the routine is what I will miss from uni the most I think.

I have already started making a to-do list of things to achieve over summer such as choosing books I want to read, computer software I want to master, photographing my work for my online portfolio,  working on this blog and my 21andsensory twitter more and just generally sorting out my life and getting rid of all the random crap I have piling up in my bedroom and cupboard…

 

SPD is not a “dubious diagnosis”

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Eating Off Plastic

There I was, spending a quiet evening at home, munching diligently on some freshly-baked oatmeal cookies when my eyes scanned the internet headline “Why ‘Sensory Integration Disorder’ Is A Dubious Diagnosis.” The author of the article, Peter L. Heilbroner, MD, PhD, states that Sensory Processing Disorder (or Sensory Integration Disorder, as it’s also known) is not a real condition.

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As I began to violently shovel oatmeal cookies into my mouth, I read and re-read his article over and over. Below, I have written a counter-argument, because I believe Sensory Processing Disorder is real and those of us with SPD deserve advocacy. Since I am an adult with SPD, I will do the advocating!

His argument:

“Many children with autism have “sensory issues” such as oversensitivity to touch. Similar symptoms occur with other neurodevelopmental and behavioral problems (including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) and anxiety disorders. However, the prevailing medical view is that “sensory…

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Happy Mother’s Day!

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It’s Mother’s Day here today in the UK so I just wanted to say Happy Mother’s Day to every form of mum and carer out there! We appreciate you so much even if we don’t show it all the time! And to my mum – thank you for putting up with me no matter if I am happy or sad, having an overwhelming sensory day or not.

(Image of flowers me and my sister bought for my mum today)