Cacophony: my life with noise

Cacophony explores my life within noise. Unasked for, unexplained, unwanted noise. My days when I venture into the world are bombarded with noise. At home I can largely avoid the unexpected, and enjoy a certain level of control. But there are times even at home when stress levels escalate to a point where my brain…

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Volume modulation issues

Ever been told to speak up – or tone it down – when you think you’re speaking at a normal level? Happens all the time in my ASC world When noise levels around me get way more than I can bear, I have to reach for my ear defenders. That’s sort of OK for me…

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Do number patterns regulate your day?

Just like the rhyme3 – 6 – 9work for me every time. Actually, any multiple of 3 is good. I feel more settled in a café when my table number, or the food order number, has a root of 3. When setting the cooker timer I choose the closest 3-root number to that required for…

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Surviving a Literary Festival

I have been very quiet for a week now. For the last three years I have come to the Hay Literary and Arts Festival and it is always a roller-coaster week. The difference this year is that I know why. The reasons are the usual suspects: noise overload, people overload, changing routine, uncertainty over what…

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Experiencing Social Overload? Here’s some ideas on what can cause it and what can help.

What can bring it on? We have a lovely friend visiting for a few days. He’s a very quiet, gentle, understanding gent. A perfect guest. And we want to show him the delights of where we live as he’s never been here before. Absolutely no problem for my husband who’s 95% neuro-typical. But I’m way…

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Gadget Review – Status Squares

Many of you are probably wondering – What are Status Squares? In short, they are the most simple, clear, and immediate way of letting those close to you know how you’re feeling. Simple – I just have to choose which of my eight squares I need to have on display Clear – the image is…

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