Welcome and thank you for visiting. I am autisticaplanet, a woman in her late thirties diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorder and anxiety. I write about my life's experiences as both an undiagnosed child and diagnosed teen and adult. I strongly feel that the isolation associated by sensory processing disorder and ableist mindsets by non-autistic, non-disabled people must be called out.
Welcome to a blog about an autistic adult woman in her late 30's using words and images to advocate acceptance as well as awareness of those with life-limiting sensory processing issues and resulting social and behavioral challenges. I write about inclusion ideas for those who remain in isolation due to their neuromakeup and share how my Christian faith keeps me going. Thank you for visiting.
I am wearing a tight-fitting skull cap. The things on
the skull cap are injected with gel and then wires called leads are connected
to them. Before the skull cap can go on, though, I must have my forehead wiped
with a gritty cleanser that will allow for the leads to get a
"cleaner" picture of my brain activity.
The skull cap has 2 straps
that my mom fastens to my chest. It is now time for my EEG. Unlike EEG's that
map out images of the brain, this one will be recording my brain waves. The
objective is to find out if there is any disturbance in my brain waves, and if
there is, enough to warrant intervention.
If you are touch sensitive, I do not see how you could have
this test done. I am not touch sensitive, but I found when the gel was being
injected into the little red things, it felt like my scalp was getting the
injection. I even asked if they were giving me a shot in my scalp. They assured
me I was not getting an injection in my scalp. I went to a neurofeedback
specialist in Des Planes certified by the BCIA website.
This was a blessing,
since they were the only ones who accepted Medicare and Medicaid.
It is not very often I hear the word "yes" when
The first test is hard as I have to concentrate on keeping
my eyes closed for 10 minutes while the machine records my brainwaves.
As a visual
person millions of images pop into my head including the face of the doctor,
the special place I have created as directed in my relaxation CD. I force
myself to go there but my eyes flutter as I can hear laughter in the hall. I
hear the doctor say "eye flutter".
There are 2 students present. I
assume he is teaching them. The images of their faces pop into my head. I worry
that my mom cannot read her magazine article as she is in the same room with me
and she must be bored. I find my way back to my healing place. More
eye-flutter. Finally, part 1 is over. I am told I did great and the lights come
Test 2 consists of me keeping my eyes open with my head
facing forward, but my eyes must stay focused on my feet.
Since my focus is not
very good, this takes real concentration. My mind is flooded with more random imagery and my eyes drift up to look at the computer.
I can see my brain
at work. I suddenly remember to re-position my head as it is now looking up
past the computer as I am losing focus yet again and get back to my feet looking straight ahead. Fortunately this test only lasts 5 minutes.
The doctor is very familiar with people of all ages with
autism spectrum disorder and says my brainwave activity is hyperactive and
irritable. He says it is typical of what they see in ASD individuals.
more than one biofeedback technique to use.
By the way, 12 hours prior to an EEG you must not have
anything in your diet containing sugar or it will throw the test results off.
Eat a breakfast rich in protein. I had eggs and drank Lipton Green Tea (hot).
Beans also are rich in protein.