Monday, 3 February 2014

Monday Muster

Another new week us upon us, dear ones.  What are you going to do with it?  I have a lot of complicated stuff I've been putting off - to do with work, finances, family, the future, and all the terrifying stuff that comes with adulthood - so this week I have to nail all that down.  Sigh.

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."