Talking Slower Can Reduce Social Anxiety

Like many autistics, I suffer from social anxiety. Recently, it occurred to me that maybe I talk too fast, and that other people find this off-putting (which creates a vicious cycle, where I sense they find my behavior strange, and that makes me even more anxious!). So I decided to make an effort to talk a little slower. The experience so far has been positive. People tend to react more calmly and pleasantly if you talk to them slowly, and their positive response helps you calm down as well.

I wondered if other people had thought of slowing down as a way of dealing with social anxiety. Turns out, it’s standard practice in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for social anxiety. Furthermore, if you have a high-pitched voice, people tend to take you less seriously (and you sound more anxious), so in that case consider lowering pitch too. Slowing down all your movements may help as well, but don’t over-do it or you’ll look like a zombie! It takes a little getting used to, and may feel a bit awkward at first. If you’re absent-minded like me, it helps to set a daily reminder. Here’s a video I found that explains some of the benefits of talking slower:


Homeless Veteran With Asperger’s Tells His Story

Many of the homeless are on the autism spectrum, but receive little if any support to help them understand and self-manage the condition. Check out this article from the UK’s Independent, about a Royal Marine who was medically discharged and ended up homeless, before being diagnosed with Asperger’s only recently.

Outwardly his life seemed to be going well, but he often had disagreements with his employers, forcing him to change jobs – a cycle he now puts down to Asperger’s. He lost his security licence after getting into a fight and being cautioned by the police. With no steady income, he was forced to move out of his flat. [quote from the article]

Mother Knows Best

Mother is a smart connected device that can stay in touch with up to 24 ‘motion cookies’ at a distance of 50 meters. Each cookie has motion, temperature and presence sensors that can be used for a wide range of tasks (for example, reminding you to take your medicine, if there is an intruder in the house, or if your cat just went out). The range of tasks is only limited by your imagination. Video review from CNET below: