Monday, 8 October 2007
Passion or Obsession
What is your passion? (What, not who!)
I love books, my mother - wild plants and my father -rocks!
In autistic people it is called an obsession, compulsion or repetitive behaviour. Mainly because it can get in the way of doing other things. But how many of you have tried to have a quick surf on the internet and got carried away, not realising the time?
In autism it is suggested that these obsessions are for sensory stimulation, like rocking or hand flapping. But I enjoy good sensory stimulation to!! Don’t you?!
Or its suggested it is to reduce sensory stimulation, i.e. focusing on a small part of something (in Cs case, his thumb nail).
And it can be used as a coping strategy for dealing with stress and anxiety, to block the outside world out. C puts his fingers in his ears and hums. I like a glass of wine, ( I only drink one unit a week!!) and I make rugs.
So what is your passion or obsession?