Friendly reminder: This is what Trump thinks of Autistic people
“I’ll tell you what autism is. In 99 percent of the cases, it’s a brat who hasn’t been told to cut the act out. That’s what autism is. What do you mean they scream and they’re silent? They don’t have a father around to tell them, ‘Don’t act like a moron. You’ll get nowhere in life. Stop acting like a putz. Straighten up. Act like a man. Don’t sit there crying and screaming, idiot.”
— Mike Savage, Trump’s appointment to head the NIH
(Mild spoilers for the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them)
- Almost never makes direct eye contact with people
- Special interest in magical creatures
- Gets so fixated on things (like his creatures) that he becomes unaware of his surroundings, even if they’re dangerous
- Says that people don’t tend to like him, they usually think he’s annoying
- Speaks quietly, mumbles, and generally has a stilted way of speaking
- Sometimes uses scripts that don’t quite work for the situation, like when he’s first introducing himself to Kowalski and Tina
- Doesn’t follow social norms or laws (like those of the American wizarding government) if they don’t align with his values
- Gets frustrated/confused when people suddenly change the rules, like when Tina says they actually shouldn’t obliviate Kowalski
- Decides that he likes and is friends with Kowalski but forgets to actually let him KNOW that until the very end of the film (lord knows I’ve done this)
- Prefers creatures to people and has an easier time understanding the former
- He also seems to empathize with creatures as being things that are misunderstood
- Has hyperempathy, especially for for his creatures and people who are hurting (like Credence)
- Comes up with out-of-the-box, creative solutions for problems because it doesn’t occur to him to BE in the box
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Sensory Overload And how to cope
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Sensory overload has been found to be associated with disorders such as:
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Autistic spectrum disorders
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
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Sensory overload occurs when one (or more) of the body’s senses experiences over-stimulation from the environment.
Basically it feels like everything is happening at once, and is happening too fast for you to keep up with.
Sensory overload can result from the overstimulation of any of the senses.
Hearing: Loud noise or sound from multiple sources, such as several people talking at once.
Sight: Bright lights, strobe lights, or environments with lots of movement such as crowds or frequent scene changes on TV.
Smell and Taste: Strong aromas or spicy foods.
Touch: Tactile sensations such as being touched by another person or the feel of cloth on skin.
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Obviously, everyone reacts in differently to sensory overload.
Some behavioural examples are:
Irritability — “Shutting down” — Covers eyes around bright lights — Difficulty concentrating Angry
outbursts — Refuses to interact and participate — Covers ears to close
out sounds or voices — Jumping from task to task without completing Overexcitement — Low energy levels — Difficulty speaking — Compains about noises not effecting others High energy levels — Sleepiness/fatigue — poor eye contact — Overly sensitive to sounds/lights/touch Fidgeting and restlessness — Avoids touching/being touched — Muscle tension — Difficulty with social interactions
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There are two different methods to prevent sensory overload: avoidance and setting limits:
Create a more quiet and orderly environment - keeping the noise to a minimum and reducing the sense of clutter.
Rest before big events.
Focus your attention and energy on one thing at a time.
Restrict time spent on various activities.
Select settings to avoid crowds and noise.
One may also limit interactions with specific people to help prevent sensory overload.
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It is important in situations of sensory overload to calm oneself and return to a normal level.
Remove yourself from the situation.
Deep pressure against the skin combined with proprioceptive input
that stimulates the receptors in the joints and ligaments often calms
the nervous system.
Reducing sensory input such as eliminating distressing sounds and lowering the lights can help.
Calming, focusing music works for some.
Take an extended rest if a quick break doesn’t relieve the problem.
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What if someone you know is experiencing sensory overload?
Recognize the onset of overload. If they appear to
have lost abilities that they usually have, such as forgetting how to
speak, this is often a sign of severe overload.
Reduce the noise level. If they are in a noisy area,
offer to guide them somewhere more quiet. Give time to process
questions and respond, because overload tends to slow processing. If you
can control the noise level, for example by turning off music, do so.
Do not touch or crowd them. Many people in SO are
hypersensitive to touch - being touched or thinking they are about to be
touched can worsen the overload. If they are seated or are a small
child, get down to their level instead of looming above them.
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Don’t talk more than necessary. Ask if you need to
in order to help, but don’t try to say something reassuring or get them
talking about something else. Speech is sensory input, and can worsen
If they have a jacket, they may want to put it on and put the hood up. This
helps to reduce stimulation, and many people find the weight of a
jacket comforting. If their jacket is not within reach, ask them if they
want you to bring it. A heavy blanket can also help in a similar way.
Don’t react to aggression. Don’t take it personally.
It is rare for someone who is overloaded to cause serious harm, because
they don’t want to hurt you, just get out of the situation. Aggression
often occurs because you tried to touched/restrained/blocked their
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When they have calmed down, be aware that they will often be tired and more susceptible to overload for quite awhile afterwards. It
can take hours or days to fully recover from an episode of sensory
overload. If you can, try to reduce stress occurring later on as well.
If they start self-injuring, you should usually not try to stop them.
Restraint is likely to make their overload worse. Only intervene if
they are doing something that could cause serious injury, such as hard
biting or banging their head. It’s a lot better to deal with self-injury indirectly by lowering overload.
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To summarise - Remember the 5 R’s
Recognise The symptoms of overload
Remove Yourself from the situation
Reduce the stimulus causing the overload
Relax Your body and calm yourself down
Rest Yourself as you will most likely feel fatigue.]