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Project Daisy, Part IV: Non-verbal Communication in a Business Meeting | History of Bad Parties

Non-verbal communication challenges when meeting a client. Sensory stress in a small informal client meeting and a few tips for dealing with the inevitable sensory overload afterwards.

Two Sides of Tolerance: Accepting Others | A Quiet Week in the House

Not long ago, I enjoyed tea and pastry at my favorite bakery. A woman with dizzying perfume swept into a seat behind me. Her sharp, expensive fragrance slid over my table, invading each sip and bite I took.

Olfactory Political Correctness | A Quiet Week in the House

Oh dry shampoo, why must you smell of pineapple or tropical blooms? Are you not made of cornstarch and propellant? Must I trail the mists of Hawaii behind me when I cannot bear wet hair? Hand lotion! Spare me your false vanilla, green tea, and orchid! Make your fragrance-free products affordable and prolific!

Sensory Diet | Musings of an Aspie

Occupational Therapy strategies to “fulfil everyday sensory needs and improve self-regulation with a specific selection of sensory activities”.

 
(Note: not about food diets)

Food Shopping | Eating off Plastic

Going to the store to buy food is always an adventure. But is it a fun adventure?! NO. Why? Let's take a trip to the local grocery store. First, there's the list. Gotta make a list, or nothing's going nowhere. The process is complicated though, because Momsy likes to please everyone and nobody knows what they...

A night out on the town | Aspects of Aspergers

Yesterday I voluntarily subjected myself to sensory overload. Otherwise known as a night out pubbing and clubbing. I have never learnt the appeal of this choice of enjoying oneself, but I occasionally go when invited, because I think it's important to share in celebrations with friends and fellow students, to show myself friendly and happy for them.

Interoception: How Do I Feel? | Musings of an Aspie

Let's talk about interoception. I bet you're already on the edge of your seat, right? Okay, okay, first a definition. Interoception describes our sensitivity to sensations that originate in our bodies. Think pain, temperature, itch, sensual touch, sensations from our organs and muscles, hunger, thirst, and breathlessness.

Important Types of Coherence | History of Bad Parties

Essay about mind-coherence and how lack of it influences various essential life aspects. Initially written to explain it to my therapist last year. This is to explain what I mean by mental coherence and what the problems can be when it is lacking.

Sensory Processing. Overview and Selected Posts | Musings of an Aspie

The following series of posts takes an in-depth look at atypical sensory processing, sensory sensitivities and how a sensory diet can help with self-regulation.

History of Bad Parties | History of Bad Parties

In my youth years, I felt I had to take the opportunities I got to meet people and go to parties so that I could say (if asked) that I had been to a party fairly recently.

Parties & Irrelevant Pity | History of Bad Parties

Recently* my husband and I were invited to dinner by someone from Church. Also invited was the pastor and another pastor, who are my husband's hunting buddies, and their wives.

About sensitivity to background noise| History of Bad Parties

I usually tell people that I 'am oversensitive to background noise' or 'have a hearing problem' if I need to explain that I find certain types of places unbearable, but actually the problem goes much deeper than that and also has a visual aspect.

Becoming an adult - Part 1: the beginning | History of Bad Parties

The following is an autobiographic story/sociological essay. Although it is a true story, it is by no means a full story. It is a narrative that focusses on a specific pattern, branching off other perspectives to try to highlight just that aspect. The theme is relative poverty, normality and social success criteria.

Dinners & Sensory Overload | History of Bad Parties

Recently I've been to dinner in a restaurant twice. With the first of the two dinners, it was so long time since I've tried it last that I thought that maybe dinners are not as bad as I remembered them. However, they are even worse than I remembered.

Research interviewer training course | History of Bad Parties

The passafe named ‘Cafeteria = Hell’ describes a noisy cafeteria visit during a job training course.

A Lovely Bouquet from Lori! | History of Bad Parties

Thank you so much Lori for creating this amazing artwork!
 
From Lori’s comments, the flower vase is an ear to appreciate one “hearing” you without words, silent support… and it also refers to the over-sensitive hearing that gives problems with background noise. And yes, the image makes sense to me in so many ways.

Coping Tools for Non-verbal Aspects of a Business Meeting in a Cafe | History of Bad Parties

Practical coping strategies to prevent sensory overload in a small informal client meeting in a cafe.

Survey: Sensory Sensitivities and Work/School Strategies | Musings of an Aspie

Take-a-Test-Tuesday survey: the comment track is a goldmine of insights, well organised because the responses are numbered according to the survey questions. It gives a sense of the variety of sensory sensitivities and coping strategies applied by a huge variety of persons with sensory processing problems.

The Forgotten Component of Autism | Eating off Plastic

There is something about autism that I've been going over and over in my head for many years now. I consider it the forgotten aspect of autism, or should I say, the ignored aspect of autism. I am referring to sensory dysfunction, or sensory processing/integration disorder.

Two Sides of Tolerance: Accepting Others | A Quiet Week in the House

Not long ago, I enjoyed tea and pastry at my favorite bakery. A woman with dizzying perfume swept into a seat behind me. Her sharp, expensive fragrance slid over my table, invading each sip and bite I took.

Olfactory Political Correctness | A Quiet Week in the House

Oh dry shampoo, why must you smell of pineapple or tropical blooms? Are you not made of cornstarch and propellant? Must I trail the mists of Hawaii behind me when I cannot bear wet hair? Hand lotion! Spare me your false vanilla, green tea, and orchid! Make your fragrance-free products affordable and prolific!

Sensory Diet | Musings of an Aspie

Occupational Therapy strategies to “fulfil everyday sensory needs and improve self-regulation with a specific selection of sensory activities”.

 
(Note: not about food diets)

Food Shopping | Eating off Plastic

Going to the store to buy food is always an adventure. But is it a fun adventure?! NO. Why? Let's take a trip to the local grocery store. First, there's the list. Gotta make a list, or nothing's going nowhere. The process is complicated though, because Momsy likes to please everyone and nobody knows what they...

Filling in the Blanks | Married, With Aspergers

"Yeah, last night mumble mumble meal mumble Friday?" Oops. You just asked me something. What did you just say? Well, based on what you were talking about before - the bits I managed to catch - I guess you just asked me if I want to go out for a meal Friday.

 
... When words are cut out from conversations by background noise.

A night out on the town | Aspects of Aspergers

Yesterday I voluntarily subjected myself to sensory overload. Otherwise known as a night out pubbing and clubbing. I have never learnt the appeal of this choice of enjoying oneself, but I occasionally go when invited, because I think it's important to share in celebrations with friends and fellow students, to show myself friendly and happy for them.