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anonymous asked:

Hi could you please talk about "autism meltdowns"? What are they? How can one cope/prevent one?

Meltdowns are the autistic brains response to “too much”. This could be too much sensory input, too much emotion, too much change, or anything else. It’s the brains fight or flight response being activated. Meltdowns can present as screaming, crying, flailing, violently stimming, rocking, yelling, trying to hide, and any combination of these and more. Meltdowns often look like temper tantrums to the outside observer, however, temper tantrums are controlled and done to achieve a goal whereas meltdowns are uncontrolled and a response to an autistic person’s system being overloaded. Meltdowns are often painful and distressing for the person experiencing one and can take hours or days to recover from. 

The main way to avoid meltdowns is to be aware of your sensory/emotional threshold. Try to recognize when you are starting to become over stimulated and, when you are, take steps to reduce the sensory/emotional input. This might mean retreating to a quiet/dark place or stimming to help regulate your system.


Okay guys, for writing/general reference, a bit about what a ‘blacksmith’ is and isn’t:

A blacksmith is a generalist, a person who uses tools and fire to work iron.  Some blacksmiths work more specifically, so you get, say, an architectural blacksmith, who focuses more or less exclusively on things like gates, rails, fences, or an artist blacksmith, who makes wacky sculptures or what have you.  These days, though, that’s a pretty blurry line.  ‘Blacksmith’ is a pretty damn broad term, but it’s nowhere near broad enough to cover everything encompassed in ‘metalworker’, which is how I often see it used.  There are a LOT of different skills for working metal, and no one knows them all.  Some other terms:

A farrier shoes horses.  They may make the shoes, or they may buy them and then size them, but they actually do the shoeing.  Unless the blacksmith is also a farrier, they don’t know shit about horses’ hooves and are not qualified to deal with them and probably don’t want to.

A blacksmith works IRON (or steel), usually almost exclusively.  They might work with bronze or do a bit of brazing, but those are really separate skillsets.  If you work, say, tin and/or pewter, you are in fact a whitesmith.  You could also be a silversmith or a coppersmith, and so on.

Knifemakers and swordsmiths have their own highly specialized and fairly complex specialties, and usually a blacksmith wouldn’t mess with that unless they want to pick up a new skillset or if they’re really the only game going for a long way around.  By the same token, a swordsmith might never have learned the more general blacksmithing skills.  They’re not the same thing is what I’m trying to say here.  Likewise armorers.  There’s overlap but it’s not the same thing.

If you make metal items via molds and casting, you work at a foundry and are a foundryman.

Look, when metalworkers and individual shops and masters were the height of industry, this shit got REALLY specific.  There were people who spent their whole lives making pins.  Just pins.  Foundries specialized and made only bells, only cannon, only cauldrons, etc.  This is scratching the surface, I just wanted to make the point that ‘blacksmith’ is not the same thing as ‘magical muscly person who knows how to do everything related to metal’.


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Lost/had my 3ds stolen, literally bawling my eyes out..

Alright so I’m a little desperate here..

Literally the thing that keeps me breathing and keeps me looking forward to the next day, is gone. I had brought it with me to college like I do every day, only today, when I looked in my backpack after my usual panic, I noticed that this time it actually wasn’t there.

It’s not even the monetary value that gets me, even though the system (being a Majoras Mask XL) and the 5 games with it was probably about $500, and then with the fifty or so games I’ve purchased from the eshop, it probably was about $750~ or so in the end.. Look. I put so much love into my games. I put over 2000 hours into Twinleaf, and it’s gone. I may never be able to see that town again. I spent so much time soft resetting my Lunatic Conquest run in Fates. That’s gone too. I spent so much time taking care of my system and making sure it wouldn’t get smudged or damaged or anything because that thing means so much to me and it’s just gone. I don’t know if it got stolen or lost or what, but this is my plea for help.

It’s a Majoras Mask XL, came in a red and blue pokemon case, and had five games in the case. Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, Smash 3ds, Persona Q, Fire Emblem Fates, and Project Mirai DX. The mii’s name is “Zach~☆”, and the home menu is Pink and has a Foleo theme. It was last seen in Palatine Illinois at Harper College. If you can’t tell how serious I am about finding this, I’m literally telling you my area I live in. This means so fucking much to me.

If any of my followers have my 3ds added and SEE me online, please let me know. And if you don’t live in the area, please signal boost anyway. I don’t know where it is, but I need it back. I can’t think about anything else right now..

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Honestly I really love it when my friend asks me questions about ADHD randomly whenever she thinks of them. 

Like we were listening to Sail by AWOLNATION while studying one time and at the line “Maybe it’s my ADD” she paused it just to ask what the difference between ADD and ADHD was and listened to me ramble on for like five minutes about the different classifications of ADHD and which classification I have (and actually laughed at my shitty joke that having Combined time is “the best of both worlds” oh my God what a champ) and then asked more questions about how each type would have an effect on someone’s life. 

And another time I made a joke about my medication being a Class 2 controlled substance in the Criminal Code of Canada (aka one of the Super Serious Drugs) so she asked me how my medication actually affects me and how it makes my life easier, and when I listed off how it helps control my impulsive decisions, evens out my moods and emotions, and generally helps to keep me more evened out as a person, she said she would try to help me however she can to make things easier and look out for me if ever I get too impulsive or get sensory overloaded or something. 

And every time she asks me a question, she always says “I’m sorry if this is rude or too invasive” and she’s just really nice and supportive about it and I love it??? Because it’s someone who cares about me trying to understand my disorder and how it affects me and makes me feel and how she can help??? And it’s such a nice change from the usual “just focus, just sit still, just be quiet, it’s not that hard!!!” kind of bullshit people usually give me as “”””advice”””” on how to handle my ADHD I just I don’t know I love it I love her she’s wonderful and it makes me so happy. 

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