dyspraxia

Visual System using PostIts

Organization or Obsession?

ShareWhat happens when a person is unable to adequately filter or sort sensory information from her environment? She spends a lot of time feeling threatened. Not emotionally threatened but physically threatened. Her body reacts to sensory input. She can tell herself, “You’re fine, relax.” Other people can tell her. But all the emotional soothing in …

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Lost

Where am I?

ShareWhat an odd thing it is to lack a sense that most people take for granted. I can get lost anywhere. When navigating in a new setting, to get back from where I was requires that I memorize a string of left/right directions and/or visual cues. When I am at someone’s house for the first …

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Motion Sickness

ShareAs a child, I suffered severe motion sickness. This presented a problem for my mother who was known to wake up any morning and (preschooler in tow) spontaneously drive across the country in her Mercury. When I was four, Janie discovered Dramamine.  Since I couldn’t swallow a pill and chewing it was out of the question, she …

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Random Design Flaws?

ShareSymptoms like motion sickness and no sense of direction sound like random design flaws. However, in the context of Sensory Processing Disorder, they fit like pieces in a cognitive puzzle.

My Dyspraxia

ShareDyspraxia comes in two flavors. I have experience with both: Physical: If you are graceful, it is because you practiced your moves. You, early on, sucked more than most people at sports. People on the playground made fun of you. You may have to work hard for physical confidence because quite often, when you needed …

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Buying the New Prius

ShareBuying Prius 2 is a four part story. It illustrates the light and dark side, maybe even a green, blue and red side, of living inside a “sensational” body. Lightly, I hope, it touches upon sensory over-responsivity, and sensory-based motor disorder. The moral of the story – if you inhabit a sensational body, venturing outside of routine is a time to …

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Prius part2 – Leaving Home

ShareI couldn’t navigate successfully into Friday. I forgot key components of my morning ritual. Every time I sat down at my computer I remembered something important and had to get out of my chair. I was in a state of irritable hypo-mania. We still had the car negotiation hanging over us. Watson was desperate to complete …

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Prius part3 – Navigation

ShareDriving can replenish my energy or deplete it, depending on the circumstances of the trip and the road. On this day, the goddess of the adventure smiled upon me. Navigating Prius 1 through the streets of Houston had the feel of roller-blading or mountain biking; proprioceptive delight flooded my nervous system. I felt up to …

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