I Don’t Know If You’ve Noticed This, But . . .
I’ve added 40 or more links in the past week to this blog’s sidebar.
Some people collect coins (I used to), some people collect baseball cards, or vintage ______; some people collect musical instruments while others collect cars. It just depends what you like and what your financial status is.
Me, I collect links.
My links are all either related to the autistic spectrum in some way/shape/form, or else they’re related to a special interest of mine. On the rare occasion that they’re not one of these two categories, then my reason for its inclusion is purely interest/amusement driven.
I have two links on my sidebar related to slug porn. No, this is not even mildly related to furries. Have you ever met a furry slug? Ew. The reason I have these linked is because they are beyond hilarious.
I’m fairly positive that the people who made each of these two sites, what I labelled as:
. . . are probably aspies . . .
Look at the pages and you might understand what I mean.
Here’s a picture on the slug porn site depicting an erect slug penis (don’t ask me . . . I just work here lol).
Speaking of animal peni, there’s this duck, a species of Argentine lake duck called “Oxyura vittata,” that has what may be one of the longest bird penis ever. Well then. I didn’t link that anywhere but here btw.
Why do I know that? One of my friends sent me the link. *rolls eyes*
ABRUPT subject change: Last week, one of my friends, Awalkabout, and I talked about how she was having trouble finding a music therapist in her area. I’ve been suggesting that she try music therapy with her daughter, since her daughter possesses many musical traits naturally and generally seems to really enjoy it. Music therapy has been shown to be particularly beneficial to most people, but especially to those on the autistic spectrum. It’s also non-invasive. It doesn’t hurt. And it’s fun.
People ask me all the time what music therapy is, and I have to admit that giving an explanation of it is hard; but not because I don’t know or because it’s vague, but rather because music therapy can do so many things that it’s hard to narrow it down into a definition. This is my semi-standard response.
“You can do almost anything with music therapy. You can work with any population for any reason. Just think about it; you can do physical therapy through music by having your clients play instruments that are specifically related to certain physical skills. You can do speech therapy through singing or vocalizing. In fact, it’s been shown that people who have problems speaking can often sing, even though they can’t speak.
Also, music therapy is used with elderly populations. It provides social interaction and connections, as well as improving the quality of life for many of these clients. Plus, the parts of the brain that are affected by Alzheimers can still remember music.
It has also been shown in many studies that people on the autistic spectrum have a higher than average rate of musicality than the average Joe on the street. Through music, they can work on speech, motor coordination, social skills, emotional expression, etc. The list goes on.
They use music with premature babies to teach them how to suck, in order to eat. It works too.
And these are just a few examples of the many and varying things that are possible through music. So maybe a better explanation of what music therapy can do with whom, would be: Everything. Anyone.
Thus, while helping her find a music therapist, I ended up finding her music therapy regional website. There is a music therapy conference every year; every other year it’s national and the years in-between are just regionally based. After finding her region’s website, I went on to find the other six. They are all linked down on my sidebar under the category heading that says: “Music Therapy.” Under that same category, there is also a link titled, “Find a music therapist near you.” It’s a great little tool I found that works for those in the US (which is where I am).
In addition, as mentioned before, my birthday is very soon. I asked my mother for a weighted vest for my birthday, but she didn’t know what they were. So I explained them to her and showed her where to find one and whatnot. Well, she responded by sending me a link to one, stating that a great many of the ones that she had found were pretty expensive (like over $100). The one she sent me looked more like the kind of vest you’d wear if, say, you were going fishing and didn’t want anyone to lose track of you. Ugly bright blue. Ugh.
So I did my own search. Granted, I had done a precursory search beforehand, but had never really looked, you know?
First off, we come back to the old (and familiar) problem of people only focusing on children for treatments. In other words, most of the vests I found were only made for children, or they were mostly made for children, but you could specially order an adult sized one if you wanted (at a special price too – *growls*).
And as mentioned before, most of these were really expensive.
Thus, I just started to look for regular weighted vests that weren’t specifically geared for people with sensory disorders. Instantly, the price dropped. The products were the same (they usually looked a little different, but not bad), but the prices were almost 50% lower. Ooo, I like the sound of that!
As for the purpose of the weighted vest, the patent description says it all:
“children having Autism or Down’s syndrome have been found to be calmed and are able to focus for longer periods of time on a specific task when weights are placed on their upper bodies.”
Just for clarification, SPD stands for Sensory Processing Disorders.
Thus, on my sidebar, I now have two categories:
- Weighted Vests (for Athletes/Exerciser-but also SPD)
- Weighted Vests (for SPD/Autism/Anxiety)
I also put pricing tips next to each of them. Under the 2nd category, I just included any that I could find; but under the first category, I tried to stick with the least expensive. There are more out there though, trust me, that get a lot more expensive. I just figure that if someone is going to buy that kind for the sensory stuff, then they’re probably doing it because they want to go cheap. One other thing that you need to look for when you search for weighted vests is that they are “adjustable.” You want to be able to add and subtract weight, because not everyone reacts to things the same. From what I’ve read, especially with kids, the general weight seems to be around 3 pounds or so.
If you talk to occupational therapists who have tried these things on people with sensory issues, you’ll get back a majority of good responses.
I want to try it, because I always get calmer when I have something heavy on me. I tend to sleep halfway on my stomach with on of my arms under me, pressing against my chest. People say that it looks uncomfortable, but the pressure is so calming, I can’t say that I really notice. Often, my body feels like it’s just floating barely within the constrains of my skin, and that’s when I start feeling pretty wiggy and my tendency towards freaking out gets higher. Thus, I’d really to try a weighted vest.
In addition to the vests in the first category being cheaper, I also tried to find ones that wouldn’t be too noticeable to other people. I wear a vest around a lot anyways, so if I had a slightly different one, I doubt others would mind. Sometimes when I get real wiggy like I was saying before, I’ll sit in an armchair with my legs over the side and put my backpack in my lap and over my chest. I always feel better.
There’s only one more thing about my sidebar that I feel you should look at, and that is the blogroll. That’s where about 20 of the new links ended up. Generally speaking, if you post a comment on my blog, then I’ll take a look at your blog. Provided you have one, and provided that it’s been updated sometime in the recent past, and if I generally like what I see, I’ll link you. And I don’t just link ones dealing with ASDs either; but if your blog deals with a subject that I know NOTHING about, there’s a lower (but not existent) chance of my linking to you.