My recent 21andsensory interviews 💬

So I’ve recently had a few requests through (from some lovely people) who wanted to interview me and chat all things sensory! These posts have now gone live so I thought I’d link them below…

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The very lovely Victoria Ellen (Actually Aspling) reached out to me to do an interview for her site: actuallyaspling.wordpress.com And here is my interview with her: Interview with 21andSensory!

Go check out her instagram account: @actuallyaspling

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Also Jenna Gensic from www.learnfromautistics.com very kindly reached out to interview me on my diagnosis and SPD here: ‘Autism Interview #130: Emily on diagnosis and Sensory Processing Disorder’

Jenna’s links: Twitter | Facebook

Please do go check out the interviews above if you have a minute and let me know what you think!

Self Isolation Achievements ✅

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Hello everyone, I’m back again, this time with an illustration of some self isolation achievements. I know that all the news on TV and online seems to be constantly swirling around and being updated continually (which is fine) but it can be really difficult not to get anxious, stressed, upset and triggered by it all. I’m trying to hold on to the small positives each day and the little autistic and sensory achievements I have been making along the way.

Why not comment down below any wins or things you’ve done with your time (they can be big or small – everything counts).

I hope you are all doing okay and staying safe (as much as you can be with all this going on).

Doodling Session and Q+A ✏️

Hi everyone! This is a video of an Instagram Live drawing session I did during the week. I’ll be doing more Instagram Live drawing sessions where you can ask me questions – so go follow me over there too!

https://www.instagram.com/21andsensory/

ALSO:

Here is a link to another Instagram Live drawing session, this time I did it with the lovely Sophie from @curiosophie (8th May) and had a very chilled colouring session live ✏️

We coloured in each other’s artwork which was great fun. We thought it would be cool to hangout it acts as a lil’ distraction from everything that’s going on right now 🌍

We had some livestream issues – our connection kept dropping so this is the edited best bits!

Be sure to follow Sophie on her Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/curiosophie/

A collaboration with Dan from The Aspie World (@theaspieworld)

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Hi everybody! I did a little collab with Dan from @theaspieworld – this drawing is based on one of his latest YouTube videos: ‘Tips for Autism and Lockdown’. Go check it out ☺️

I’ve definitely struggled this past week and a bit – I’ve had a few sensory meltdowns and my mental health has been a bit up and down as a result of all this change to routine, normality and structure. I do however think that I am slowly starting to get into the sort of groove of working from home (I feel very thankful that I can do this). I hope you are all doing okay – I know it’s a very weird, disruptive and confusing time, but the sense on of community on here has been so uplifting and supportive despite all that’s going on.

Why shops can cause sensory overload…🛒

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Hi everyone I’m back again with a lil’ illustration…’Why shops can cause sensory overload’ 👀 I (secretly) struggle quite a lot in shops and supermarkets (when I say secretly I mean I’ve perfected the art of ‘masking’ my struggles!). There’s always SO much sensory input to deal with in shops and I wanted to try and mention a few of the things that can be overwhelming. Bigger supermarkets especially can be quite disorientating when so much is being thrown at me sensory-wise.

Every sense is sort of attacked all at once?! This means it can be very difficult to find the things you need as you have to visually wade through colourful shelves, deal with all sorts of noise, queues and crowds, smelly food counters…the list goes on!

I know there’s lots of good tips and tricks to helping with these busy environments such as using ear defenders or headphones, wearing a sunflower lanyard (UK initiative – to subtly let staff know you might need some extra help / consideration), using distractions like stim toys, etc…but do you have any other tips for surviving shops? Comment down below!

What design stuff I carry everyday: notebooks, stationary and tech!

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I thought I’d do a post on the everyday bits and pieces I carry around and the journal and notebook I use. I currently have a Vinyl cover weekly/monthly diary A6 size from MUJI – the Left page shows one week while the right page has a grid pattern for taking notes which I love, I usually set up to-do lists on the right side and plan out my days on the left side. I love doing little doodles on the grid side.

I also have a black A5 Moleskine journal with cream blank paper as my notebook / sketchbook. This is where I do all my @21andsensory illustrations in before I then recreate them in Procreate on my iPad Pro (10.5 inch) with my Apple Pencil. I love this little set-up. For my daily design work I use my MacBook Pro (Late 2013 – 13 inch) with the Adobe Creative Cloud suite (Adobe CC).

I have a slight obsession with fine liner pens – my current favs are the muji gel ink ballpoint pen (0.38pt) which you can buy refills for and the Uniball eye ub-157. I also have a ridiculous collection of STABILO black and coloured fineliners too in a range of point sizes.

My clear glasses (London Retro River – Crystal) are from Glasses Direct and they are a new addition to my glasses collection (I have another tortoise shell pair from Glasses direct and a pair I wear daily from Specsavers.)

My little apple earphones are what I use most days, as people stop by my desk at work alot and I can quickly take them out and hear people calling my name (I have a little mirror set up on my desk so I can see people coming so they don’t tap me on the shoulder!) I use my Sony WH-1000XM3 noise cancelling headphones sometimes although they pinch my glasses!

What do you carry along with you daily? Share in the comments down below!

I was interviewed on the ‘Thoughty Auti’ podcast! 🧠

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 💭

Links to the podcast:

Or search ‘Thoughty Auti’ wherever you usually listen to podcasts!

Aspergers Growth / Thomas’s links:

Yoga…🧘🏻‍♀️

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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.

I was a guest on another Podcast…🎤

This is just a lil’ post to say that the lovely Nikki from @teachingautism interviewed me on her podcast recently and here is the link to the episode:

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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.

HELPFUL LINKS AND RESOURCES

I would love for you to share this episode with your friends and colleagues for them to find out more too! And if you love listening to podcasts, you can find more on iTunes or my website here.