OraNurse sells toothpaste on amazon. On their product description they actually say the product was designed in mind of autistic children who are sensitive to taste. I’ve not used the product myself but the reviews suggest that it’s a great toothpaste.
ClearDOT on amazon also seems to be getting good reviews for it’s mint-free toothpaste and has other flavours to choose from. Again, I’ve not tried this product since I don’t mind mint flavours, but it also seems to be a decent product.
If your son likes fruit, apples are also a good natural solution to bad breath as well.
Hope this helps, anon!
Hey there— I am trying to help my autistic son, I figured it would be best to ask another autistic person. His breath is horrible (he is well aware of it too!) and I want him to have good oral hygiene but don’t want to force him to use a minty toothpaste, as it is something he hates and finds uncomfortable, so I do not want to push him on this. Do you have any recommendations or ideas to help? He has outgrown the children’s toothpaste and most adult ones are mint flavors. Thanks so much.
Is it just the mint flavour he doesn’t like or is it toothpaste in general?
For the time being until you find a good non-mint toothpaste, it might be worth switching back to children’s toothpaste as a temporary measure. It might not be as good for teeth as adult toothpaste, but it should at least help with the breath issue
Alternatively, do you know of any breath improving foods he could eat? Be it chewing gum etc
To my followers, what would you suggest?
i have an Autistic Life Hack™️: if you struggle with doing dishes bc of sensory reasons (you hate touching the food, you hate how your hands feel and smell after, etc) try using dishwashing gloves!! i know this might be common knowledge but i only discovered them recently and they’ve helped SO much with my sensory issues!! i hope this helps someone!
I used to mimic the accents of characters I saw on TV or pronounce certain words in their accents when I was younger. I also used to pick up phrases from my TV shows all the time that I would use a lot. Did anyone else do this?
Idk if this is okay to ask or not but like do other autistic people see a character in a book or movie or show and try to be like them? I've noticed I do this if I find a charcter I like, I start to pick up the charters personality- if that makes sense!
I feel like I’ve picked up character traits from ones I’ve really liked. A lot of my understanding of things come from what I’ve seen in the media too
Speaking as an autistic person, stimming is really really really really nice and comforting and comes just as naturally to me as breathing does, so when you tell me to stop stimming because it embarrasses you, it hurts me the same way it would burn your lungs if I told you to stop breathing.
Let your autistic kids stim. Let your autistic friends stim. Let people stim. Our overall health and well-being is more important than your small dose of embarrassment
Being autistic is avoiding busy shops like the plague
plutos-friend >>>>>> autiverse!!!
#2 that autism feel when
you’ve grown up very cautious and anxious of trying new things, not really being the super ‘daring’ kid/teen and are afraid of being the ‘boring’ person
Hey there anon, you’re not the only one! I used to have a terrible phobia of insects when I was younger to the point I couldn’t leave the house during the summer because of the bees and everything that would fly about (I would also cry when I saw dust particles in the air, thinking they were flies). As a result, I had to avoid most plants (especially flowers) even if they were really pretty because there was always bees there.
It took me a long time to get over my phobia (and I’m still nervous around some insects and I still cannot stand spiders), but I’ve been able to go outside and not be as bothered by bees and wasps, actually the positive posts about bees being cute and helping the environment helped me a lot!
It makes total sense to me why you or anyone else would have a phobia (or fear) of insects, and I hope that this gets better for you over time!
I see so many autistic people loving plants or insects but I actually have phobia of insects so I avoid plants even if they look nice, I hope I'm not the only one in the spectrum with this issues. (PS: I love trees)
I did have a big phobia of certain plants because of the things I associated them with. If I touched one, I had a major meltdown. It’s lessened currently, but there’s still some plants I avoid
the ignorance is strong in this couple
Asks are Open!
I just realised a couple of days ago that my inbox was closed! My inbox is now officially open, so please feel free to ask any questions about autism and I’ll be happy to answer! :-)
1. ‘autism’ is not another word for ‘stupid’ or ‘moron’. when ‘autistic’ is used as an insult you’re saying people who have this condition are: stupid, slow, morons, incapable of anything. it’s dehumanizing and disrespectful. it’s hurtful to the autistic people you use it around and their family and friends and it makes you look rude and disrespectful.
also going to add: LET 2019 BE THE YEAR ‘RETARD’ ISN’T USED AS AN INSULT EITHER
2. ‘retard’ has been used as a term to bully autistic people (and other disabled people) for YEARS. even if you’re not directing that term towards an autistic person, it’s still incredibly cringey (and hurtful) for some to listen to. it was used in the past as a medical term for people with mental disabilities in the past, but even then it’s still considered to be disrespectful even in the medical context which is why no one uses it anymore.
let 2019 be the year we don’t see ‘autism’ or ‘autistic’ used as an insult
comfy clothes post!!
Okay so the weather’s starting to get warmer and I will eventually run out of excuses to wear oversized soft jumpers all the time as the months go by (but not for a while yet!). I thought it would be a good idea to make a list of all the places that make super nice soft clothes (also it’s a good reminder for me as well when I’m trying to search for stuff because i always seem to forget where to go.) Also I’m focusing on t-shirts in particular but you can add points about whatever!
Primark: Primark has stores across the UK, Europe and USA, selling loads of comfortable and affordable clothes. Jumpers/sweatshirts can be very soft and feel like a blanket (they’ve redone their sizing too, so sizes fit better which is great for those who are larger too!). The t-shirts (especially in the men’s section) are also great. Another plus is the cheaper t-shirts and other clothes tend not to have annoying labels on the back you need to cut off.
Tesco: Unfortunately, Tesco’s only in the UK. Depending on the store they have a good variety of comfy clothes (can be a little more expensive than Primark at times but still reasonable pricing). Again, I’m going to emphasise how great the men's t-shirt section of the store is (although some t-shirts will have labels!!)
Any sports clothing store: Basically any shop that sells sports gear (because the chances are there will be soft trousers, shorts, running trousers t-shirts if you find those comfortable - they also keep you cool if you overheat). Sports Direct (you can order online from the UK, USA, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, etc.) is one example and so is JD Sports (which is UK specific I’m afraid).
Hollister: I can’t believe I’m putting this store up because it’s probably one of the most autism unfriendly places I’ve been and it’s also expensive. However, I have to say the hoodies there are very very cosy. So if you can save up for it, invest in a Hollister hoody (the ones without the zips are the best, in my opinion).
Tokyo Laundry: I got 3 t-shirts from Tokyo Laundry and they were the most comfortable things I’ve ever worn. I used to wear them all the time! (I managed to grab mine in TK Maxx / TJ Maxx hurrah for getting the more affordable designer/expensive clothes there.) One of the t-shirts did have a label, but the other one didn’t so it just depends on which ones you get.
Missloutoyou.com: An online store which sells really cute clothing and accessories for everybody, the designer also sells her stuff in the UK at different events (comic conventions in particular so if you like those events you can pick up a shirt or two there). I can only talk for the T-shirts when I say the sizing is good and a reasonable price! The only blip I had was the label on the sleeve but was easily solvable by cutting off the underside so I could still keep the artist’s name on display) (I’m not entirely sure if the online store ships out past the UK, I will update once I find out). The store is also available on Etsy!
Any charity shop/thrift store, or sale racks in any clothing stores: These places can be absolute gold mines for clothing so don’t underestimate the good in jumping into different stores if you have the energy/spoons for it! Also, it’s a good way to donate to a good cause! A double-win :)
Please feel free to add to the list if you have any suggestions!!
now’s the time to drink water, stretch your arms and grab a snack if you need one!
*spongebob narrator voice* ah… zhe sensérie ováreload
remember to be proud of all the things you’ve accomplished this week – big or small. did you finish a meal? did you finish part of an assignment? did you meet up with friends for the first time in a while? try something new? revisit something you thought you couldn't? stand up for yourself? do something you couldn’t before? then well done! be proud of yourself!
growth isn’t just doing big major things and going through big changes (although those are great too!) it’s about the ‘little things’ too. don’t dismiss the small things because you see others accomplishing the ‘big things’. you, individually, live a completely different life from other people, you’re time for certain things will come, as will theirs.
that autism feel when...
someone you’re not entirely familiar with touches your arm without your permission 🙃🙃🙃
That autism feel when even your clothes are causing Bad Sensory and you just