Tuesday, April 18, 2017

My Rejoicing Journal

The Asperger's traits addressed in this post include:
* Much time spent on introspection
* Anxiety and depression
* Difficulty expressing emotions appropriately

Adapted from “Self-Esteem Journal,” TherapistAid.com

Monday
Something I did well today . . .
Today I had fun when . . .
I felt glad when . . .

Tuesday
Today I accomplished . . .
I had a positive experience with . . .
Something I did for someone . . .

Wednesday
I felt good about myself when . . .
I was pleased with someone else . . .
Today was interesting because . . .

Thursday
I felt glad when . . .
A positive thing I witnessed . . .
Today I accomplished . . .

Friday
Something I did well today . . .
I had a positive experience with . . .
I was pleased with someone when . . .

Saturday
Today I had fun when . . .
Something I did for someone . . .
I felt good about myself when . . .

Sunday
A positive thing I witnessed . . .
Today was interesting because . . .
I felt glad when . . .

How this topic relates to Christian living:

"Rejoice in the Lord alway, and again I say, rejoice."

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Occupational Therapy for Aspies

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I gathered these tips from a local occupational therapist who spoke at my Mothers of PreSchoolers group in 2014.

Level of High Arousal
  • Excited
  • Hyper
  • Restless
Prescription to Calm Down
  • Rocking
  • Heavy Lifting
  • Pressing Against Something Immovable
  • Closing Your Eyes
  • Breathing Deeply
  • Tensing Muscles to a Count of 40

Level of Low Arousal
  • Zoning Out
  • Tired
  • Drowsy
  • Bored
Prescription to Calm Up
  • Spinning
  • Dangling Head Upside-Down
  • Pacing
  • Making Figure Eights with Each Arm in Turn
  • Making Figure Eights with Each Hand Over Each Foot
  • Dancing
  • Listening to Peppy Music
  • Swinging
  • Eating Candy or Chocolate
  • Drinking Cold Water
Level of Midtone Arousal
  • Comfort
  • Peaceful
  • Ideal for Learning
Prescription to Stay Calm
  • Swaying Side-to-Side
  • Listening to Soft Music
  • Humming
  • Singing
  • Smiling
  • Breathing Deeply
  • Keeping Good Posture
  • Writing Your Thoughts
  • Getting Comfortable in Your Body
  • Not Letting Crowds or Chaos Affect You (See Solutions for Sensory Integration Dysfunction)

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

"The Man With Two Left Feet" by P. G. Wodehouse

The Asperger's traits addressed in this post include:
*Abnormal fascination with special interests
*Rule-bound behavior
*Difficulty communicating
*Difficulty learning to relax

The Classic Tales Podcast - The Man With Two Left Feet

B. J. Harrison: "Now, I know that the definition of autism has been evolving since 1908 until what it is today, but I think that the hero of today’s story is on what is now considered the autism spectrum. My reasons for saying this?

"1) His method of study is unorthodox, and requires an incredible amount of tenacity, even fixation. Most people couldn’t do this. This is what I term the autism super power.

"2) His unwillingness to vary his study schedule of the Encyclopedia (He won’t skip a volume).

"3) He imagines a fantasy scheme where his problems are all solved, and works diligently to accomplish this impossible task.

"4) He is rather socially awkward, bless him.

"This is no way official, and I can’t back it up with anything other than my own observations, but when I read this story, it struck me how my autistic son has many of these same character traits. He also demonstrates the autism super power, and is a truly amazing boy. I find it encouraging that P.G. Wodehouse saw how characters of this temperament could find happiness and love in a world that largely misunderstands them."

How this topic applies to Christian Living:

I Corinthians 13:7
Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.