Friday, April 27, 2018

Asperger's Discussion Live Stream w/ Alyssa Huber ~ Autism Acceptance Month

Got questions about Asperger's and Autism? Join my live discussion on YouTube this weekend for the Autistic Gaming Initiative!

APR 29th 2018 Asperger's Discussion Live Stream w/ Alyssa Huber (Autistic Gaming Initiative)
Date: Sunday, 2pm-4pm ET

Topic: 
Autism Acceptance / Autism in the Media


Join the conversation on all things Asperger's with Alyssa Huber, director/producer of the documentary "Through Our Eyes: Living with Asperger's."



Follow the Facebook Event for updates.

PREVIOUS TOPICS
Asperger's and Relationships
Asperger's and Financial Issues
Asperger's and Emotions
Asperger's and Coping with Change



Thanks, and I'll see you there!
~Alyssa


Sunday, April 1, 2018

UPDATE: New Autism Acceptance Month 2018 Events

Happy World Autism Acceptance Day!

For Autism Acceptance Month, you can attend a FREE screening of "Through Our Eyes: Living with Asperger's" (50-min Extended Edition), and other events!




The screening events will include the film "Through Our Eyes," and a presentation and Q&A with the director, Alyssa Huber. DVD copies will be available, and handmade sensory friendly jewelry.


Simply register using the links on my Events page. You can also RSVP to the Facebook events.


http://www.alyssahuberfilms.com/p/shop_77.html


"Through Our Eyes" Screening Events

APR 5th 2018 "Through Our Eyes" Film Screening at Indian Trails Public Library (Informed Afternoons)
Date: Thursday, April 5th — 1:00pm-2:30pm.
Address: 355 Schoenbeck Rd, Wheeling, IL 60090 -- Main - Lake-Cook Room
Admission: FREE, simply Register here in advance.
Running Time: 50 Minutes (Extended Version. Watch the trailer here.)
Click here for more info.
RSVP to Facebook Event

APR 7th 2018 "Through Our Eyes" Film Screening at Messenger Public Library
Date: Saturday, April 7th — 2:00pm-4:30pm
Address: 113 Oak St, North Aurora, IL 60542 -- Main Meeting Room
Admission: FREE, simply Register here in advance.
Running Time: 50 Minutes (Extended Version. Watch the trailer here.)
Click here for more info.
RSVP to Facebook Event


APR 19-21 2018 "Through Our Eyes" Film Screening at Autism Festival in Finland ~ Autismisäätiö
Date: Thursday, April 19th - Saturday, April 21st — [time not yet available]
Address: Kanavakatu 12, 00160 Helsinki, Finland
Admission: FREE
Running Time: 50 Minutes (Extended Version. Watch the trailer here.)
The event will include the screening of "Through Our Eyes: Living with Asperger's," alongside other films.

Feel free to forward this post to anyone who may benefit from seeing this documentary. It has been a valuable resource for professionals, teachers, families and individuals on the autism spectrum.



Other Events for Autism Acceptance Month

Date: Saturday, April 14th — 11:00am-3:00pm
Address: 125 S. Municipal Drive, Sugar Grove, IL 60554
Admission: FREE
"Sensory-Friendly" means this jewelry is lightweight, easy to wear, and non-irritating--an ideal gift for those with hypersensitivity associated with autism and Asperger's, or who find most jewelry difficult to wear. The iridescent mermaid scales are beautiful to look at, and the glitter calm bottle necklaces are fun to play with. They are great for stimming and calming anxiety. All pieces at the table are hand-crafted by Alyssa Huber, and all proceeds will support her transition to independent living. (More info on Alyssa's transition!)

APR 29th 2018 Asperger's Discussion Live Stream w/ Alyssa Huber (Autistic Gaming Initiative)
Join the conversation on all things Asperger's with Alyssa Huber, director/producer of the documentary "Through Our Eyes: Living with Asperger's."

Topic: Autism Acceptance / Autism in the Media

Follow the Facebook Event for updates.


PREVIOUS TOPICS
Asperger's and Relationships
Asperger's and Financial Issues
Asperger's and Emotions
Asperger's and Coping with Change




Thanks, and I'll see you there!
~Alyssa

Texting Addiction - A Real Problem for Mental Health

Our all-too-common texting/messaging/checking addiction reminds me of Pavlov's Dogs. We might not salivate when we hear the *ding* of our phones, but like Pavlov's dogs, we anticipate a reward, which in turn drives us to check our messages.



Checking things (especially messages and notifications) is one of my OCD compulsions, so I have to be extra guarded against this loop because it can cause extreme anxiety.

Some of my solutions:


  1. Disabling all notifications! (Or at least sounds.) This includes texts, the Messenger app, my email, games, everything. If people REALLY need to reach me, they can call my phone.
  2. Making Facebook annoying to access on my smartphone. I can't quite block it, but I can remove my browser from my home screen and delete any bookmarks or "quick access" links related to Facebook. I also hacked my phone, deleted Google Chrome and downloaded an unbearably slow browser instead.
  3. FB Purity browser extension on desktop computer. I disable my newsfeed, pop-up notifications, ads, and anything that will set off that dopamine loop. If I want to know what someone's been up to, I go to their profile.
  4. Buying a flip phone as my main phone, and smartphone will be only for "free time." That way I can charge my smartphones in the other room overnight (having it next to my bed is a terrible idea)
My Facebook looks like this when I load it up...


Unsatisfying, right? But the idea behind it is to stop exhausting my brain's reward system. If I am really curious about something, I can search for it manually. It's much more rewarding that way, in my opinion, and much less overloading.

(I wish I could get rid of the notification badges on the top bar too, but the extension doesn't have that option unfortunately. 😞)

You can find the above video in my Mental Health Resources playlist on YouTube. I believe that managing smartphone addiction is important in improving one's mental health.