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Sunday, 31 December 2017

How to Remove Powder Nails

Powder nails are known for their quick and easy application process, making them a popular choice when visiting the nail salon. Their removal can be quick and easy as well, and you can do it right at home. You can remove powder nails using acetone and aluminum foil, or you can opt for the acetone soak. Whichever method you choose, you should be left with healthy and happy nails.


EditUsing Aluminum Foil

  1. Sand down the top layer of each nail with a nail file. Removing the shiny top coat of your powder nails is important for removal. File each nail thoroughly and evenly — this will make the powder come off much more efficiently.[1]
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  2. Soak cotton balls in pure acetone. Either pull apart cotton balls so the pieces are the size of your fingernails, or use whole cotton balls to soak in 100% pure acetone. Each cotton ball will cover 1 fingernail.[2]

    • The cotton balls shouldn’t be dripping with acetone, but they should contain plenty of acetone to properly soak your nails.
  3. Wrap your nails in foil to hold the cotton balls in place. Once the cotton balls have acetone on them, place each cotton ball on a corresponding nail. Wrap each nail in a small piece of aluminum foil, making sure the foil completely covers the nail and will hold the cotton ball in place.[3]

    • Wrapping a significant part of your finger as well as your fingernail will ensure the foil stays put.
  4. Wait 10-15 minutes for the nails to soak in the acetone. Letting your nails soak for 10-15 minutes will ensure that the acetone does its job. Try not to move the foil or cotton balls around too much before the time has elapsed.[4]
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  5. Remove the foil and cotton balls from your nails. When removing the foil and cotton balls, press down slightly on each nail so that the cotton ball will help wipe off the powder. Remove all of the foil and cotton balls, and file off any residue left over from the powder.[5]

EditSoaking in Acetone

  1. File the surface of each of your nails. Use a nail file to sand down the top layer of the powder. Filing each nail thoroughly and evenly will help the acetone soak into the powder more efficiently.[6]

  2. Fill a large bowl or dish with hot water. Find a bowl that will fit another smaller bowl inside of it, and fill the large bowl with hot water. The water doesn’t need to be boiling — it shouldn’t burn your fingers. You can easily heat up the water by microwaving it for less than 1 minute.[7]
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  3. Place 1-2 smaller bowls in the hot water for soaking. If you want to soak both of your hands at the same time, you’ll need to find 2 bowls that will both fit in the larger bowl together. The easiest method is to choose 1 smaller bowl that will fit in the larger bowl and soak each hand 1 at a time.[8]
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    • When choosing a smaller bowl, make sure it’s big enough to fit all 5 nails.
  4. Dip a paper towel in acetone and place it in the smaller dish. Fold a paper towel into halves or thirds and thoroughly cover it in 100% pure acetone. It doesn’t need to be so saturated that it’s dripping, but it should be able to easily soak your nails.[9]

  5. Soak your nails in the dish for 10-15 minutes. Let your nails sit in the acetone for 10-15 minutes to ensure the acetone soaks into the powder. If you’re doing 1 hand at a time, soak 1 hand for 10-15 minutes and then soak the other hand for another 10-15 minutes.

    • To prevent the smell of acetone from becoming overwhelming, place a towel over your hand and the bowl. It’s also smart to open a window or turn on a fan.[10]
  6. Wipe off the powder nails with a paper towel. After the 10 to 15 minutes have elapsed, remove your nails from the bowl and wipe them off with a paper towel. If there is any residue left, you can use a nail file to remove it.[11]

EditThings You'll Need

  • Nail file
  • Paper towels
  • 100% pure acetone
  • Cotton balls (for foil method)
  • Aluminum foil (for foil method)
  • Large bowl (for bowl method)
  • 1-2 smaller dishes (for bowl method)

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How to Accomplish Your New Year's Resolutions

New Year’s resolutions are goals or promises that people make for the New Year holiday to try to make their upcoming year better in some way. Many people sometimes find it difficult to maintain and accomplish their resolutions. Here is a list of things you can do to help make sure you accomplish the goals you set for the New Year.


EditCreating Resolutions and Preparing to Begin

  1. Brainstorm about changes and improvements you'd like to make. These can be about anything, not just the big ones like quitting smoking and losing weight that many people associate with New Year's resolutions. Jot down some notes while doing the following:
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    • Consider how you can improve your health. Ask yourself, Can I drink more water? Quit smoking? Stop eating fast food or fried food? Become vegetarian? Exercise more?
    • Consider your relationships with others. Are there ways that you can be a better spouse, parent, other family member, or friend?
    • Consider your work life. Ask yourself, Can I be more successful and happier at work? Be more organized? Stop procrastinating?
    • Consider ways to make a difference. Are there ways you could make a difference in the world through activism, awareness raising or promoting a cause?
  2. Choose one or two attainable larger goals. Look over your notes and determine what items on it are most important to you. Don't take too long choosing; often it's the things that leap out at you straight away that have the most meaning for you personally.
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  3. Create “systems.” Systems are the ways that you carry out a larger goal. You need to break down large goals into smaller actions that can are easier to carry out. If you leave your larger goals too vague, you may get confused and change your mind frequently on the ways to accomplish them. This is the purpose of creating systems.
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    • For example: if your goal is to lose 30 pounds in the following year, you can resolve to cut out fast food, soft drinks, sugary snacks and drinks, drink more water, and walk three days a week until March, and then gradually add in two days at the gym.[1]
  4. Look at your list and reflect, using the SMART mnemonic. Make sure your goals are:
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    • S – Specific (or Significant). This means your goals include systems for achieving them. You have specific actions that can be carried out that work toward your larger goal.
    • M – Measurable. This means that the changes you see once the goal is reached is noticeable. You will feel different (better), because you are healthier, because your family or social life has improved, etc.
    • A – Attainable. This means that the goal is realistic and can be reached. There are benefits to aiming high, but you don’t want to aim so high that you become disappointed and discouraged from making any changes at all if you can’t reach the goal you set.
      • For instance, if you’ve never run a day in your life, don’t make running a marathon your goal quite yet. Perhaps start with shorter races like a 3K or 5K, and work up from there.
    • R – Relevant (or Rewarding). This means that there is a real need for your goal. You have been unsatisfied with a certain area of your life for some time, and you have a strong motivation to want to change it.
    • T – Trackable. This is similar to measurable, but means that you can assess your progress throughout the process. Have you made a schedule and are you following it? Are you losing weight gradually (if that’s your goal)? Are you getting along better with your loved ones? Etc.[2]
  5. Talk to others about your goals. Discuss your goals and why you made them with your family and friends. This step is very important!
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    • Ask for others’ support on these goals throughout the year. If possible, team up and visit the gym or shop at the health food store together. Ask them to speak up if you slip and order a Diet Coke instead of a water, or forget another goal on your list.
    • People who tell others about their goals are more likely to accomplish them, whether it’s because they have extra support they need, or because they’re afraid of being embarrassed if they don’t accomplish them, it’s hard to say.[3]
  6. Print out copies of your resolutions. Save a copy on each computer or electronic device you own, such as your cell phone and tablet.
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    • Email a copy to your work address and save it to your work computer.
    • Make a smaller copy and keep it in your wallet.
    • Post a copy on the outside of your refrigerator! Use bright paper so it catches your eye and don't let it get hidden behind coupons and artwork.

EditStarting Your Resolutions

  1. Create a schedule. Even more important than a specific deadline for your goals is to set a schedule of how you will reach the goal. Some goals are actually lifelong changes that you will continue after the goal is reached.
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    • For instance, systems for weight loss and for improving your relationships don’t necessarily “end” once you’ve reached the goal. To keep weight off, you have to maintain the healthier lifestyle system that you created. To maintain healthy relationships, you would want to continue the things you started doing in your resolutions. So consider:
    • If the goal is losing weight, be sure that you have researched a healthy amount of time to lose a certain amount of weight, and write down your exercise schedule and the changes you will make in your diet for each day.
    • If you’re trying to be a better parent or friend, or to be more successful at work, make a schedule of when and how you will do each thing that’s on your systems list.[4]
  2. Start following your plan immediately. Don't wait for inspiration to strike. The best thing to do is start on January 1 and start tracking your progress.
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    • If your goal is to lose weight, don’t say, “I’ll start tomorrow.” Start right away! Starting may actually be the toughest part, but once you get into a routine it should become easier.[5]
  3. Create accountability. Set up dates for evaluation with a mentor. This helps you to stay focused and evaluates methods for improvement.
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    • It's even better if you find someone who has the same resolution. If you have a friend who’s also trying to lose weight, check in with each other and motivate each other. It may also help to consult with your doctor or a trainer about your progress
  4. Remind yourself about your goals. For every day on your calendar or schedule, write down what you will do for that day, what time you will do it, and don't forget to actually do it, no matter how busy you are.
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    • If your goal is losing weight, write down what you will eat, and when and how you will exercise each week.
  5. Focus on the process rather than the end goal. Take each step one at a time and be happy with your progress. The only way you'll get to where you want to go is to complete every small step along the way, checking it off with pride as you accomplish each step.[6]
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    • Remind yourself of the weight you are losing or how you are feeling healthier instead of the fact that you haven’t reached a certain number of lost pounds yet. You will get there.
  6. Create your environment so that you will accomplish your goals. It’s also good to get rid of habits that don’t coincide with your goals and may contribute to you being unable to reach them.
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    • For example, set your running shoes next to the door. Put fruits and veggies in the front of the fridge. Get rid of the junk food and don’t buy more.
    • If something you regularly do for fun with family and/or friends includes eating out at places where most of the food is unhealthy, choose a different place that offer healthy meals. Or, don’t eat out at all and do something else like go for a walk or a bike ride instead.

EditMaintaining and Accomplishing Your Resolutions

  1. Reward yourself. Determine ahead of time what rewards will be at small milestones of accomplishment. Have frequent small rewards and a “grand prize” for completion.
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    • If your goal is losing weight, you might buy new clothes to replace old ones that don’t fit anymore at each milestone, and then plan a nice vacation for when you’ve reached your goal.
  2. Remind yourself of your successes. It can be hard to maintain your motivation and dedication to making a change in your life when you can't see immediate results for your efforts.
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    • At each low point, have faith that persisting and being consistent in reaching your goal will pay off in the long run. If you’re trying to lose weight and are struggling to keep up with your workouts, just think about how each minute you exercise burns fat and gets you closer to your goal.[7]
  3. Face your fear of change. Fearing change often stops us from achieving a goal. Making a goal sounds good at the time, but then the fear of change surfaces. To avoid this happening to you, realize that your excuses are a way of covering up a fear of change.
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    • Look beyond "I can't" and start substituting this with "I can" and "I am".
    • Identify your excuses for not going through with parts of your goal. By listing excuses, you can see them for what they are and move beyond the fear of change.
    • Sidestep blaming other people or circumstances for not achieving your goals. If you take responsibility for achieving your goal, these external factors cannot sap your power to do what you've said you'd do.
  4. Recognize your self-defeating behaviors. Write down the things you do out of habit that distract you from what really matters. Then, list things that you consider to be more positive and fulfilling behaviors and choices you want to make instead.
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    • This includes adjusting the habits mentioned in a previous step, even if they were things you once enjoyed. For instance, if are trying to lose weight and you eat out with family or friends as bonding time, either choose restaurants that offer healthy meals or decide to do something else fun together instead of eating out.
  5. Begin again if you slip up. Everyone encounters occasional outside stressors and events that take us out of focus on our goals. Use Monday as your day to regroup and start over if you slip and have a bad week completing your goals for any reason.
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    • The “Monday Campaigns” is a group of nonprofit health organizations that organize various healthy things to do on Mondays, such as “Meatless Mondays,” “De-Stress Mondays,” and “Move-It Mondays.” Don’t be too hard on yourself if you slip and remind yourself of the progress you have made. Just start over on Monday.[8]
  6. Lean on your support team. Whoever you've chosen to help you, be it family, friends, a life coach, therapist, or someone else, lean on them to support you through times of weakness, when you need a booster to get back on track.
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    • Don't expect to do this completely alone; look for other people's advice, ideas and feedback to help you keep going.[9]
  7. Keep a journal. Document at least one thing every single day in the following year for which you feel grateful and one sentence for the progress you have made.
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    • When writing, consider: What memorable moments can you draw from each day? In what ways did you grow today or find that your awareness shifted? Keeping note of this will help you to stay grounded and motivated with your goals.



  • Don't try to plan your resolutions when you're in a bad mood or pressed for time. Taking time to make a thoughtful list will make your goals easier to achieve.
  • Research your goals. Be sure you understand how to schedule your system to accomplish what you want to accomplish.
  • Keep a Diary of your goals. Mark when you began, and set a date to accomplish them by. Do this for every goal and try to always improve upon your previous time.
  • Consider setting up a little competition with your family or friends to keep focused on a tough goal. Should the loser buy a healthy lunch? Maybe take a family vacation to a great beach if everyone hits their goals by July.
  • Track the results in your diary so that you get to know you improved and feel to hard work until you reach your goal.

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How to Tie Necklace Slipknots

Slip knots are a great addition to handmade jewelry, as they allow you to easily adjust the size of a piece by sliding the knot up or down. These knots also look pretty and add an interesting detail to a necklace or bracelet. To tie slipknots on a necklace, start by doubling the length of the necklace and adding pendants or beads to the cord. Form the slip knot by looping and wrapping the cord. Once you’re done, try out the slip knots on the necklace to make it bigger or smaller based on your needs.


EditMeasuring and Decorating the Cord

  1. Use leather or waxed cotton cord. Look for cord that is in width so it is just thick enough to knot.[1]
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    • Pick the color of the cord based on the pendant or beads you are using for the necklace. Often, a darker colored cord will help to make a pendant or beads stand out more.
  2. Make sure the necklace cord is at least long. A necklace with slip knots has to be able to go over your head and fit nicely around your neck. You will need to have at least of cord to fit the necklace over your head. Add more cord if you’d prefer the necklace to sit lower around your neck. Then, double the amount of cord so there is enough cord for the knots.
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    • You can triple the normal amount of cord you would use if you want the knots to sit very close together on the necklace.
    • For example, if you start with of cord, you can then double that amount to so you have enough cord. Or you can triple it so it is long to make a longer necklace.
  3. Place any pendants or beads on the necklace before you make the knots. Secure a pendant on the cord with a cow hitch knot or a square knot. String beads on the cord and secure them with knots or crimp beads.[2]

    • Once you put the knots on the necklace, you will need to undo them to add any items to the necklace, so make sure you put them on beforehand.
    • If you’d rather leave the necklace plain, skip this step.
  4. Confirm the necklace sits where you want it to. Before you start tying the knot, hold the ends of the cord together and slide it over your head to confirm you can put it on easily. Then, make sure it sits at a spot you like around your neck. Keep in mind it will be nearly half its length once you tie the slip knots.
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EditMaking the Slip Knot

  1. Place the necklace on a table or countertop. The ends of the necklace should sit on top of the cord, doubling the cord to form 2 layers of cord. Make sure the pendant or beads are sitting in the center of the cord. The ends should run straight up from the pendant or beads.[3]

  2. Fold the cord in half from 1 end. Use your finger to fold the cord, forming a V-shaped mark.[4]

    • The cord you have marked with the V-shape will be the cord that you use to tie the slip knot.
  3. Lie the V-shaped fold on top of the straight cord. Hold both pieces of cord with your thumb and forefinger. Keep your thumb on top of the V-shaped mark. You should now have 1 straight cord and 2 other short cords formed by the V-fold cord.

  4. Take the short end of the V-fold cord and loop it around the 2 other cords. Hold the short end of the cord and place it behind the other 2 cords. Make sure you are looping the end around the other 2 cords away from the V-fold, not toward it.[5]

    • Check that you are looping the end over 2 cords, not just 1, as this will result in an incorrect knot.
  5. Wrap the V-fold cord 2-3 times around the other cords. Keep your thumb in place over the V-shaped mark as you wrap the cord around the other 2 cords. Hold the straight cord taut as you wrap the end, moving down the straight cord. You should have 2-3 nice tight wraps.[6]

  6. Remove your thumb and thread the end of the V-fold through the knot. Take your thumb off of the V-fold. Hold the end of the V-fold cord and pass it through the wrapped cord, threading it above the straight cord. Let it hang out of the first wrap you made. Pull the end tight with your fingers to secure the knot.[7]

  7. Cut the end with scissors. Once you have tightened the knot, cut off any leftover cord on the end with scissors. Make the cut right underneath the knot so the end is flush to the knot. This will ensure the knot stays in place and the end does not get caught on anything.[8]

  8. Repeat the knot on the other side of the necklace. Follow the same steps to make a slip knot with the other end. Snip off any remaining cord on the end once you have finished wrapping and securing the knot.

    • Make sure the knots sit at the same spot on the cord so they appear aligned on the necklace.
  9. Try on the necklace and adjust it as needed. Once you have tied both slip knots, put the necklace over your head and let it sit on your neck. Place 1 finger over the slip knot and use your other hand to slide the knot up or down to make the necklace longer or shorter. Check that both knots sit evenly on the cord so the necklace is straight around your neck.[9]

    • Try wearing the necklace at different lengths by pulling the slip knots up or down. Have fun wearing it low or high based on your outfit or mood for the day.

EditThings You’ll Need

  • of leather or waxed cotton cord
  • Pendants or beads
  • Scissors

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Saturday, 30 December 2017

How to Help a Hyposensitive Autistic Person

Do you have a friend, student, spouse, or loved one on the autism spectrum? Are some of their senses hyposensitive? Is hyperactivity or sensory seeking impacting their lives? Here are ways you can help them receive the stimulation they crave, so they can be comfortable.


EditGeneral Tips

  1. Expect hyperactivity. Because their sensory needs are greater, they will need to move more in order to meet those needs. This is natural, and it will always be part of their lives. You can help them manage it, but don't expect it to go away.
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  2. Exercise together. Sports and heavy work can help release pent-up energy, helping the autistic person focus better. Here are some ideas:
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    • Football and baseball
    • Trampolines
    • Wall push ups
    • Chores (let them lift the heavy stuff)
    • Horseback riding
    • Swimming
    • Dragging children (e.g. siblings, sons, or daughters) around on blankets
  3. Expect stimming, and don't remark on it if it isn't actively causing harm. Stimming is an easy way to fulfill their sensory needs, and it is an important coping mechanism. Don't assume that just because it doesn't look useful to you doesn't mean that it isn't useful to them.
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    • Help them find a variety of stims to use.
    • Talk to them if their stimming is destructive (e.g. ripping the wallpaper) or broaching others' personal space (e.g. playing with his sister's hair without her consent). Help them find an alternative stim.
  4. Realize that symptoms vary, both from day to day and from person to person. Stress can make sensory processing more difficult, and their needs might be different from one day to the next.
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    • Expect them to be hyposensitive to some things and hypersensitive to others. For example, maybe they need lots of touch and activity, but bright lights bother them.
    • Even within sections, some steps may not apply to them. Autistic people are very diverse!
  5. Find out what other autistic people do to handle Sensory Processing Disorder. Autistic people have a large presence online, where they share tips with each other about how to handle various problems. Check out the #askanautistic and #actuallyautistic hashtags to begin.
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  6. Help them find a good occupational therapist.[1] An occupational therapist can help them build a sensory diet, or variety of activities to help meet their needs. This will reduce hyperactivity in the long run. They can also teach useful coping techniques, such as stims and exercises.
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  7. Be patient and accommodating. Sensory seeking requires a lot of time, and under stimulation can be difficult to handle. Allow them to be themselves and meet their needs.
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Autistic people with hyposensitive vision may be constantly attracted to motion and bright colors.

  1. Decorate rooms with bright colors and plenty of decorations. Put posters of favorite things and colors on the walls, and don't shy away from rainbow or bright patterns.
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  2. Find stim toys that they can look at. Here are some things they may enjoy:
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    • Snow globes, glitter jars, or a bottle with food coloring, water, and cooking oil (Simply shake)
    • Lava lamps
    • Mobiles
    • Sparkly beads and objects
    • Moving fans
    • Animated gif patterns (e.g. the "Mesmerizing Gifs" thread on reddit)
  3. When shopping together, pick out brightly-colored things. It'll help moderate their need to stim, and it'll make your space more cheerful as a bonus.
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If an autistic person has hyposensitive hearing, they may be very loud. Finding ways to meet their needs without infringing on others' needs can be a challenge.

  1. Find times and places where they can make lots of noise without bothering others. This may be outdoors, in a room away from everyone else, or in a place where everyone has left for now.
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  2. Invest in a good pair of headphones. This way, they can turn up the volume on their computer or TV without bothering anyone.
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  3. Get some earplugs and white noise—not for them, but for yourself. Autistic people with hyposensitive hearing can be quite noisy. Meeting them partway will help both parties be happy.
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  4. Join in the noise making! Sing along to music together. Turn kitchen pots and pans into a drumset. Chase each other around the playground, giggle, and scream. A little noisy playtime can be a great bonding experience.
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EditSmell and Taste

  1. Buy strong-smelling products when you can. Hyposensitive autistic people may enjoy smelling the following:
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    • Scented candles and air fresheners
    • Strong-smelling soap, shampoo, and body wash
    • Spicy or strong food
    • Campfires
  2. Keep little candies or gum around. Some hyposensitive people will put inedible things in their mouths (necklaces, clothing, whatever they can find). When this happens, you can offer them a candy or piece of gum instead. For young children, explain why: objects are germy, and only food belongs in their mouths.
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    • Children can be taught to ask for candy/gum when they want something to chew on.
    • Give them package of gum so they can get some whenever they want it.
    • Try buying them chewy jewelry if they do this often. These can be found at special needs stores like Stimtastic or Fun and Function.
  3. When cooking, put spices on the side. This way, the hyposensitive autistic person can pile it on, while others can apply a tolerable amount. (This also helps hypersensitive people who can't handle spice.)
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    • Always have spice on the table, even if people don't usually add spice to a given meal. This way, if the autistic person refuses to eat a food because it is "bland" or "tasteless," you can offer them the spices.
  4. Have plenty of spicy and flavorful foods available. Your daughter may eat peppers like they are potato chips. (This can also be entertaining to onlookers.)
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  5. Consider making a game of who can eat the spiciest foods. See who can challenge the champion.
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EditTouch and Movement

  1. If you notice that they have a hard time sitting calmly, take a break. Let them get up, run around, bounce off the walls, and do whatever they need to do. This will allow them to release their energy so they can focus again.
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    • Stim toys, like stress balls and tangle fidgets, can also help with focusing and sitting calmly. Try keeping a box of stim toys that your loved one can grab from as needed.
  2. Get an exercise ball or sensory seat wedge. The autistic person can sit on the wedge or ball when others use chairs, allowing them to bounce and wiggle to their content while being able to focus on whatever is in front of them.
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    • Teachers can get this as part of the student's IEP or special needs plan.
  3. Keep an eye out for injuries. Sometimes, autistic people may get hurt without noticing it, because their sense of pain is hyposensitive. If you notice something odd, mention it right away, in case they didn't know.
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    • This can vary greatly—from not feeling a bug that landed on their arm to not realizing that their leg is broken.
  4. Talk to children about pushing or hitting. Due to a hyposensitivity to pain, they may not always realize that these things hurt other people. Make it clear that others have different pain thresholds, and if they need input, they should push against walls (not people).
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  5. Massage them or hug them tightly. This provides the deep pressure they may crave, and also shows them that you love them.
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  6. Identify a cushioned area (couch, bed, a pile pillows) that they can crash into. Hyposensitive autistic people may love to run into things, and it's important that they use a place that can't hurt them. Encourage the person to go land on their "crash pad" if they are getting hyper.
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    • Try out the "crash pad" together. It may be more fun than you think!

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