In the DSM-5 there were quite a few changes and I think it was to try and reflect a shift away from categorical diagnoses towards a dimensional diagnoses, so rather than saying someone has "aspergers" instead the term Autism Spectrum Disorder is used and the severity of the symptoms is referred to.
So ASD has become kind of an umbrella term for what was previously thought of as separate diagnoses of Autism, Aspergers and Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS).
Does that make sense?
Totally get you @N1ghtW1ng - I feel the same way tbh. Extremely keen for autism awareness month.
Oh dear, I broke yet another pen today (seriously, you should see the amount of broken pens in my house)! Does anyone have any suggestions for me? I have a stress/fidget ball, but sometimes I find it too soft!
@mrmusic SLINKIES. I really love messing around with slinkies, just mini plastic ones that are maybe three or so dollars for nine. I love resting them on my finger (or two) like a ring, pulling with both hands or fiddling with one hand. They can be quiet and noisy and they are my new favourite. And because they're mini any tangles are ridiculously easy to fix. And they come in packs of nine! So cheap.
I also use tangles (Kmart has some in their toy section at the moment). They are hard and if you've never used one is basically just constant, random motion with your fingers/hands. Plus they have pretty colours.
My other favourite is putty (also Kmart ) but it gets soft after a bit of use (although maybe fridging or even freezing might give some toughness to it)
Also, if you like chewing on your pencils, chewable necklaces are a thing and they are pretty neat. Although getting them is tough but if you're able to buy online and want cheaper, stimtastic is the place to go (despite being us-based) because it's actually cheaper (a bit) than aus
Stretchy animals are pretty nice too.
Hope that helped! I love my stimmy things.
Will definitely investigate slinkies @N1ghtW1ng! I am finding that I need a physical tension release, particularly in my hands (just a sensory thing I believe).
You mention chewable necklaces - while I don't need one personally, they are FANTASTIC. Especially from a music therapy student's point of view (as it helps stop you from getting bitten).
Thanks so much for your help!
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