Video: “Sensory Overload”

Once again the wonderful world of the Internet has produced a brilliant and beautiful video demonstrating how someone with autism experiences the world around them. This video was created by Miguel Jiron and produced by Scott Mahoy as part of the “Interacting with Autism” project, which was to be a video-intensive online resource for autism. I’m not entirely certain whatever happened to the project (their web site isn’t accessible) but this video is a wonderful demonstration of how difficult it is for those with autism or other sensory disorders to properly process the sensations that surround them.

It’s a quick watch but it was beautifully animated. If anyone ever asks how someone on the spectrum interprets the world around them, show this video!

Sensory Overload (Interacting with Autism Project) from Miguel Jiron on Vimeo.

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Transition is HARD!!

The definition of transition: movement, passage, or change from one position, state, stage, subject, concept, etc., to another; change: the transition from adolescence to adulthood.

It doesn’t matter if you are a child or an adult, transition is hard for everyone. Especially for those who are extra sensitive to change. Most special needs families are well aware when your child turns 3 years old a huge transition occurs.

For example, your child can receive early intervention (which is state funded) from birth to 3 years old. Soon as your child turns 3 years old the world opens up to many opportunities and tough decisions. Do you want to have your child evaluated by the school district to see if they qualify for special education or go the private therapy route (if you have the money)? As parents, we want what’s best for our children to provide the best services we can to help them succeed and grow. (more…)

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Sensory Water Bag

Just in case you didn’t know, Pinterest is an addictive creative site for anyone! A while back I found this idea for a sensory water bag. I showed it to Melanie’s speech therapist last week and she said let’s do it!

During Melanie’s therapy session today with her speech and occupational therapist, we put together the sensory water bag! You will need:

  • thick, clear plastic tarp (like painters tarp)
  • duct tape
  • water
  • food coloring
  • small cheap toys: balls, animals, shiny necklaces, glitter (if you are brave) (more…)

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“Sensory Overload” — an artful perspective

A friend on Twitter (@gretchenleary) created the artwork below. She is 26 years old and has Asperger’s Syndrome. I love it — it really captures in a visual way how those with autism perceive the world around them. Even as a NT (that’s “neuro-typical” within autism circles) I get a real feeling of overstimulation in a visual sense. You can read more about Gretchen on her blog at

Sensory Overload by Gretchen Leary

"Sensory Overload" by Gretchen Leary

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The April round-up: a busy month comes to an end

Well now, that was exciting!

April has been the month of many adventures for our family. (And yes, we’ve been so busy that we haven’t event stopped to post on our blog!) Easter, work meetings, trips to Bloomington, stomach bugs — they were all part of our busy month.

The festivities started with a very busy Easter time. Kelli and I were both involved with many musical aspects of the church. We were blessed to participate in Allisonville’s performance of “The Seven Last Words of Christ” by Théodore Dubois. I manned the first trombone while Kelli took principle clarinet. It was a great concert and pleasant way to blow the dust off my trombone chops. Easter Sunday morning was just as busy with a jazz early service and a large, musical filled Easter Worship.

Melanie throwing a fit

A not-so-happy girl expressing her frustration with having to wear dress shoes.

The girls did fairly well, although Melanie was not happy about having to wear a dress — especially shoes. She had such a meltdown that Kelli felt compelled to documented the experience with several wonderfully hilarious photos. My favorite is a shot of her throwing a fit on the couch. Kelli eventually relented and allowed her to wear her tennis shoes. A girl of style — pretty dress and tennis shoes. Michaela did well and was excited to be dressed up for church. Kelli later did our annual Easter photo shoot and you can see the results on our Flickr page or via the gallery we posted below.


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