I was recently diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, too. About 3 weeks ago. I have not said anything, here because I don’t know how I feel. There is one thing to think you have something, but then you are actually diagnosed with it. I went through the same thing when a doctor said I had all the characteristics of someone with FASD. I knew that you could have both. I actually wondered if I did. I have heard that people with FASD can have both. I know both can have a lot of the same traits, but I had a neurologist ask me a bunch of questions and he said not only by my answers, but in observing me, he knew I had Autism. Hmmm. Someone asked me how I felt. I didn’t even answer. I really don’t know how I feel about it. I’m not saying this is bad. I have got to know a lot of neurotypicals in my years and I can honestly say, there is not one I would want to be like…lol. So, I’m okay with being on the spectrum. When i wrote Autism Spectrum Disorder, the word that I kept staring at was Disorder. Really? This is a disorder? I want to look up what that means. Wait a second…okay a medical condition involving a disturbance to the usual functioning of the mind.
Okay. I will let that process.
Who says how we process and what we do is a distrubance. Okay. I get that things are not right. But who says that neurotypical brains are just that…typical?…
Just a question.
These were actually for autism. But I know those of with FAS have the same sensory issues. As soon as I found this, I had to post because not even knowing it, I always suck on hard candy. When on overload I want a milkshake to suck through a straw. Just calms me. i also do the lollipop thing. I always go for the gum, licorice and dried fruit. I swam too to calm. Bathwater or waterfalls are so calming to me. Going under water is very calming. Cold water is alerting. My entire being alerts! Warm water is heavenly…to me. Everyone’s different. A hoodie blocks my sensesl. Having something on my head helps a lot! A hand on my head helps. A shoulder to put my head on. yes, even still. Its calming. Can’t help it. Just getting out of a chaotic room is calming. I can reenter, but I need some time to regroup.
I have other things that I do too. I need my balance. I need quiet. I need. I love when people are quiet with me. I love nature. I love breathing it in and experiencing it. I obviously love writing and love photography. I also, if I can get myself focused…lol, enjoy reading.
Every FAS person has to find their way of calming. Here are some…
”“The Sensory Connection Program represents a vividly imaginative and theoretically sound occupational therapy intervention program. The author was energized to develop this program when she discovered the impact of sensory-based activities when used with some of her more complicated clients. After a decade of intense study, research, and program development she now presents this program in its entirety.” Patricia Wilbarger, MEd, OTR, FAOTA.
I got this from Autism Today.