I want to talk about regulation. Autistic people have really sensitive bodies. Please be aware that things that you might not be aware of may disturb the autistic person. Anything from a buzzing light to a scratchy label can cause them to be dysregulated.
I am often dysregulated by noises like a truck going past or a baby crying. I am also dysregulated by things going on inside my body. If I am tired or sick or low, I am also dysregulated. I am also dysregulated by other people’s emotions. If people around me are tired or sick or sad I can feel it. You have to remember that many autists are empaths and can sense people’s feelings. I am very tuned into the people I love. Their feelings can really drain me.
I am dysregulated by changes in weather. I can sense changes in atmospheric pressure and in temperature. I suffer from seasonal affective disorder during winter. It makes me feel depressed.
When I am dysregulated, my body is extra silly. It is such hard work to keep it under control. The best way to control my regulation is to talk about how I feel on the letter boards. Then I feel understood. I then relax because I am no longer alone with my emotions. Communication is the key to regulation. I am so grateful for my voice.
Until next time