Tiniest Muscle with Real Pull

Living in God's Pocket with ABI

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It was a wonderful surprise experiencing a major improvement in my short term memory after two hours of music therapy. I started the music therapy five years after my injury. Why not earlier? Mainly because I hadn’t known about the treatment.

My short term memory challenges impact several areas of my daily functioning. it effected my executive functioning, planning, keeping things organized and maintaining focus. There are probably other related elements but those are the elements that come to mind.

How It Happened

I was about 3 days into a minor building project, building a small greenhouse from repurposed materials, when I started my music therapy. In working on the building project I was struggling with the daily frustrations of having to remeasure the same things time and again. I take a measurement, walk ten steps and then question my recall of the measurement. Eventually I got…

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A Coronavirus Prayer

Prayers

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Jesus Christ, you travelled through towns and villages “curing every disease and illness.” At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love.

Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care.

Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together and neighbours from helping one another.

Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders.

Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.

Be with those who have died from the virus. May they be at rest with you in your eternal peace.

Be with the families of those who are sick or have died. As they worry and grieve…

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Setting Boundaries and the Autism Spectrum

Everyday Aspie

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I am on the autism spectrum and have coexisting conditions, including PTSD and GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder). Because of my prior history and the nature of my neurology, sometimes I find it hard to set boundaries. Furthermore, it is a challenge to recognize when my boundaries have been crossed. Sometimes it takes me days, months, or even years to recognize I have been violated or mistreated.  That’s why it’s important to have a sounding board, like a support group or a trusted friend. And why it’s important to continually practice setting limits.

Being I am autistic, interpreting another’s behavior and intention often proves difficult. In addition, others might interpret my kindness, soft voice, and stature as a sign of weakness. Even as I am strong and confident, my demeanor and inability to notice when another has crossed a line puts me at risk. Examples include a supervisor criticizing and…

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Sensory issues are accessibility issues

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Last year I went  to a breakfast with some of the community leadership people in Canberra. It was at a nice cafe and two of the people at the table ordered an omelette with black truffles. The wait person cam over and shaved truffles generously on both the omelettes. I struggle with mushrooms and fungus and had never been in close proximity to truffles before. The smell emanating from the offending luxury breakfast was so overpowering I had to sit at another table some distance from everyone else. I imagine they may have thought I was quite strange but I really needed to be away from that smell. I actually had flashbacks of the smell for a few weeks. I would be doing my thing and suddenly I was back with the truffle smell! It was like it was inside of me.

That is a fairly clear example fos…

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The Recipient joy factor

I love sending and receiving happy mail so I just have to reblog this post xxx

Margarete Miller

A friend of mine, Miss Polly, brought a little illustration like this one about correspondence to my attention:

A graph of time factor versus recipient joy factor

This is so spot-on! For me this is particularly true for the sending and receiving of mail art. Of course, you don’t always need to create mail art, you can just write a letter and send anything interesting that will lie flat in an envelope. What would interest you if you were opening a letter? Here are some ideas:

  • An old or interesting photo or two
  • A few stickers
  • A neat bookmark
  • An old or interesting postcard
  • Some old cancelled postage stamps
  • A little handmade notebook, blank or something stamped/written in it.
  • A bunch of interesting papers to collage from (I get lots of these and love it 😉 )
  • Tags or other small die cuts
  • Origami
  • Anything that’s rubber stamped

My good friend and correspondence artist extraordinaire Pamela, wrote a…

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Sensory Processing Disorder Research Study and Survey

21andsensory

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Hi everyone – this is just a little blog post to let you know about a research study that I’m (and hopeful you will be) involved in.

I’ve been speaking via email to a super lovely student from the University of KOC (Turkey) who is studying Media and Visual Arts and has participated in design research for people with ASD. Now they’ve gone further with research and to specialise in design relating to Sensory Processing Disorder. A survey link was sent through to me this week and I am trying to share it with as many people as possible in order to help with the research!

Below is a link to the survey and it would be fab if you have a spare 5 mins and can fill it  out:

http://koc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_032S5XEHYXqKXad

Thanks! Any questions, feel free to ask in the comments below or @21andsensory on Instagram and Twitter.

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