Mid Week Update

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It’s July 31, 2019. This is a time where the summer season (in the Northern hemisphere) should be at its height. In other climates, August would be an extension of July. I live in interior Alaska and the leaves on the trees in my backyard are already starting to turn yellow and falling off the trees.¬†In July! This is just weird. I know climate change is still a controversial subject, but if there’s anywhere in the world that has seen climate change unequivocally, it’s Alaska.

Today is Wednesday (happy hump day, yall!) and that marks the mid week for most of us. Once I get through today, it’s a downhill slope through Thursday and Friday and I’ll be able to have my weekend again. My mental health forecast (ha!) seems fair, with a hint of clouds in my mind, but hopefully still sunny. As you can guess, I’ve been having a good last couple of days.

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Sensory Processing (Disorder?) Issues

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Hello my dear readers ūüôā

Today I’d like to talk about Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).

Sensory processing disorder (SPD; also known as sensory integration dysfunction) is a condition where multisensory integration is not adequately processed in order to provide appropriate responses to the demands of the environment.

Sensory integration¬†was defined by occupational therapist¬†Anna Jean Ayres¬†in 1972 as “the neurological process that organizes sensation from one’s own body and from the environment and makes it possible to use the body effectively within the environment”.¬†Sensory processing disorder has been characterized as the source of¬†significant¬†problems in organizing sensation coming from the body and the environment and is manifested by difficulties in the performance in one or more of the main areas of life: productivity,¬†leisure¬†and¬†play¬†or¬†activities of daily living.

Sources debate whether SPD is an independent disorder or represents the observed symptoms of various other, more well-established, disorders. SPD is not recognized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that pediatricians not use SPD as a diagnosis.

Source: Wikipedia

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Aspie Tests

I suspect that I am on the autism spectrum.

Autism spectrum, also known as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is a range of mental disorders of the neurodevelopmental type. It includes autism and Asperger syndrome. Individuals on the spectrum often experience problems with social communication and interaction; and restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests or activities. Symptoms are typically recognized between one and two years of age. Long term issues may include difficulties in performing daily tasks, creating and keeping relationships, and maintaining a job. Source: Wikipedia

There are numerous online tests that you can take to see if you’re likely autistic or not.¬†Online tests are not a diagnostic tool. They merely help to determine if you should see a qualified professional to obtain a diagnosis.

In this blog post, I am going to show you a number of tests and my test results as well as talk about some of the highlights.

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