Here's a lovely sunrise to start the day, before all that begins:
|by Delboysafa on Morguefile - my new photo source of choice because I still hate Flickr's changes|
If you've never experienced sensory sensitivity, it can be hard to wrap your head around the concept. Cynthia Kim from Musings of an Aspie explains the difference between a sensory reaction and just not liking something, for the benefit of those lucky enough to not have experienced the difference:
"Think about the difference between chicken nuggets and a nice juicy slab of raw chicken breast. One is something that you might dislike and the other is something that I don’t think any of us could eat under any circumstance without a strong physical reaction to the texture, taste, and smell of the raw meat. Having a sensory sensitivity is like eating raw chicken. It’s beyond a preference. Your body reacts to the sensory input in a way that signals danger."
"I'll call a kid a zebra..." is an older post but an interesting one looking at whether autism is a "fad" diagnosis, given out far more freely than it used to be... and if it is, is that actually a bad thing? Does it matter, if it means people get the help they need?
The post takes its name from a doctor quoted in Roy Richard Grinker's Unstrange Minds:
"I am incredibly disciplined in the diagnostic classifications in my research, but in my private practice, I’ll call a kid a zebra if it will get him the educational services I think he needs."