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Aspergers/ADHD girl doing sensory project. Personal stories would be great :)

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Hi there, I am a first time poster here. I am a girl, my name is Louise and I am 22 years old. I have Aspergers and ADHD myself and I am currently at University in my final year studying illustration. (its been tough, still is, but I'm here and not long to go :D)


I am posting here to ask for your personal sensory stories. I am doing my final major project on sensory issues and the 5 senses (touch, taste, sound, sight and smell) and plan to create 5 visual tactile books displaying each sense, hoping to give neurotypicals a better understanding of autism and the sensory needs.

The book will be related to Aspergers/Autism/ADHD etc. but everyone has a little bit of Autism, I believe, so I will also throw in a few more "normal" sensory issues like cutting labels out of clothes, the squeaking of a balloon etc.

For example, I have a habit of chewing everything, like hoodie toggles, the ends of my glasses, etc. This was more obvious when I was younger, everything went in my mouth, I ate a pumpice stone, I ate sand.. etc. I also have a friend who doesn't like the feel of velvet or suede, or the sound of folding paper, to which he has been known to lash out at people because it hurts his ears. Another friend doesn't like the sound of snow as he walks on it so when it snows, he doesn't leave the house and it causes him a lot of stress. He also doesn't like fabrics that "squeak", this sound hurts his ears.

I went to special school and special colleges so I have good networks for this subject but I need as much information and as many stories of different sensory related issues as possible.


I don't need an essay but if you could tell me a few of yours or your childs sensory needs and there response to the situation and perhaps how you or they have found ways to cope with this, then that would be very helpful to me and my studies and I would be tremendously greatful. :)


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Hi there


I have a peculiar relationship with sound.


For example I can tolerate particular types of LOUD sounds but not others. And I notice there is a correlation between this and stress levels.


I cannot bear the sounds of babies constantly crying LOUDLY, yet I can easily tolerate (and enjoy) the sound of a Harrier jet taking off or the sound of the older InterCity 125's at start-up (noise levels well in excess of 120dB). I used to love the noise of Concorde in the days when one was allowed to visit the viewing platform at Heathrow. I like my music up loud at home (if I could get away with it...) or through headphones but can't stand the loud noise of the TV which happens to be near where I'm sitting at my PC. I can listen to loud music from my PC or iPod through headphones but cringe when the adverts come on the TV. Although my tolerance to loud music doesn't wane when I'm tired, my tolerance to the TV or babies crying encessently is dramatically reduced.


I tend to hear all sounds at the same time (e.g. clocks ticking, the buzz of flourescent lights, people talking etc) but am to some degree able to filter out what I don't want to hear - unless I'm doing hard study whereupon ALL noise is a distraction.

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I have a 17 year old DS with a dx of Aspergers, Adhd( Hyperkinetic disorder) Dyspraxia and Dyscalculia. My DD 12 has a dx of Aspergers and Sensory Integration Disorder. My son is statemented. He has had fantastic help as a result of many battles. He still has some sensory difficulties and they were never as pronounced as my DD. He hates certain materials, labels, textures, sunds. He did however have weekly Ot from age 9-14 at school to help with dyspraxia and this sometimes dealt with his sensory issues. He is about to go to University. My DD had a handful of OT sessions which stopped aged 8. She was never statemented as she is coping in mainstream. We have worked through some of the sensory stuff with clothes, bras, shoes etc on our own. Aged 6 she had one pair of jeans that she would wear.Thankfully that has changed. At times she has stuffed toilet paper down her dresses and on one occasion literally wrapped herself in it without telling beneath the outfit she needed to wear for a school event. She still goes swimming and will wear her costume wet home under her clothes as she likes the feeling. she seeks out lots of sensory input as Ots would say but other might say she is hyper and needs those outlets. Im not sure if a true separate dx exists. Certainly lots of childen with add/adhd, dyspraxia and asd have SID or SPD. My son got the right support at his independent school that had specialist provision. I fear that my daughter who is state mainstream will not as they seem to fail to understand Aspergers or Sensory issues. My DD will still not wear a coat, lots of shoes or clothes. She hates cleaning her teeth or washing and brushing her hair. she craves movement and would happily spend hours on a roundabout. She loves funfairs and anything that moves fast and her current craze is inline skating. She had had troube when flying. My son cannot be in a room with a ticking clock.

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