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  2. Sometimes, I'm like that too.  I'm so engrossed in what I'm doing, I can't hear my name being called or notice someone talking to me.  The person has to call my name several times, annoying us both.
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  4. A Need to Google

    You just described my life.  One of my main special interests revolves around people.  Public figures usually like actors, musicians etc.  I have this overbearing need to know everything about them.  So I always Google or go on message boards, forums, even gossip columns etc.  Wherever I can get my information. I try to listen to as many songs as I can, or watch and/or read about as many movies and TV shows of theirs as I can.  Watch as many interviews as I can, trying to learn about their lives.  They become a part of me, it feels like.    But my special interests typically only last a few weeks at a time.  Even though I have the tendency to 'recycle' my special interests.
  5. Ibgfrtggbhhh

    Maybe it's Azkaban's obsession. Anyway, uhygtfvcd!
  6. Ibgfrtggbhhh

    I don't mean to sound rude, but I am really struggling to understand why you are posting so many threads like this.
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  8. A Need to Google

    I regularly check for further details on actors, actresses or shows but almost always after I've watched them. I usually use the Internet Movie Database as it's useful to see other things they've appeared in or ratings of shows but occasionally I search more widely. TV has long been a specialised interest of mine, long before the internet age, and I remember when the only sources were reference books or magazines or just seeing performers in other shows. It's great to find things out much more quickly now and with much more information available. It's not always accurate but accuracy was often even more of a problem years ago when there were fewer people to correct "facts". I think there is a notable contrast here with most viewers of film and television. They can generally only identify by name the big-name actors and sometimes those who've appeared in long-running TV shows - even then they often know them by character name rather than the actor's name. As regards guest actors they aren't very interested although they might recognise a face. When the end credits of a film or TV show come on most viewers just switch off, change channel or go off to get something to drink or eat but I always like to see who's appeared. The same can be true of music. Most listeners like particular songs and artists but are not very interested in the names of the musicians, producers, arrangers and so on but I always like to check out such details and then look out for them on other tracks / albums. Although it's not always the case I think viewers and listeners with AS are more likely to want to know the exact details of how a work has been put together rather than just being satisfied with the overall product.
  9. I have been thinking about ideas on what to do if you can't afford fees to see a therapist. Say someone who once bullied you can afford it. You could try persuading them to pay for the therapist. I'm thinking this because there may be some posters who haven't been officially diagnosed. Self-diagnosis is anecdotal. People tend to overinterpret their behaviour and may think they qualify for diagnosees that they don't have.
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  11. Are People With AS Compatible?

    "Your combination of symptoms is unique to you, so perhaps you should just call it [insert your own name] syndrome." There is however a division of NT's into academic and practical. Pretty much everyone ought to ponder if they're theoretical or doers. It's just in my case I have extreme theoretical personality with extreme laziness so I have to really force myself to do real work. I got the idea from an essay by Einstein for which he got a "C" in class. He stated that he saw himself as theoretical and later commented the idea of repairing things bored him. Then I read John Lennon did nothing physical, slept a lot and spent all his day just thinking - about anything. Finally I figured that being lazy and doing nothing is a great way to just think because all your energy just goes into that. Lots of depressives or even schizophrenics were physically almost useless but made great writers, musicians, physicists, gurus or philosophers. Had they tried to be aircraft engineers or maybe they'd not have cut it. In other words, being slow, lazy, clumsy and seemingly useless isn't such a bad thing.
  12. Are People With AS Compatible?

    Ah. the pecking order. Me too.
  13. Are People With AS Compatible?

    @Sanctuary Actually, it was @Dr-David-Banner who originally raised the point. I remember that I was often made to do pair work, as we we seated in pairs, but not group projects - especially for science lessons. I didn't find pairwork so bad for the science lessons, I can manage when it's just one person, but didn't like the pairwork we had to do in language lessons. The worst thing for me was in PE where we had to get into teams and the captain was allowed to pick his/her team members - I was always left to last. But yes - this is why it's important that kids with autism (or learning disabilities) are identified and then accommodated.
  14. Are People With AS Compatible?

    You've raised a very important point here. Teachers are now expected to get students working in groups / pairs as much as possible in lessons. This can certainly be useful for learning but it runs the risk of amplifying the difficulties of those students who are more socially isolated (whether by choice or not) as well as those who prefer to work alone / are more individualistic. The problems in potentially intensifying the outsider status of some students are most severe. The worst thing teachers can do is just allow students to work in groups of friends as the isolated / less popular students are likely to find themselves on their own or being "tagged on" to another group and not fitting in. Sometimes they end up in a group of those no-one else picks. Even if these students have similar characteristics, e.g. of AS or introversion, it's no guarantee they will form an effective group. All of them may prefer to work alone or perhaps with others whom they get on well with who might be in other groups. I think there is a role for group and paired work because not only can we learn from others but also later in life we will sometimes need to work with other people and developing such skills is helpful. However it must be sensitively done with teachers giving a lot of thought to who works with whom, devising the groups themselves and being mindful of those students who might find the process difficult and need the right people to work with. In some cases they can be given more leeway to work individually. Group or paired work should in any even only be used when it is genuinely useful, not just for the sake of interaction. It can be beneficial in these cases for a teacher to know a student has AS or social anxiety so they can take account of this when considering group and paired work. If the teacher doesn't know he or she may think the student is not making an effort to join in or is being difficult which is an unfair judgement. However it's important a teacher doesn't use this information to "limit" the student and feel they cannot work with others or just group them with other students with similar issues without really considering whether this will work. There is also the risk this creates what other students may see as a "misfit" group of isolated and unpopular individuals whose outside status is then amplified.
  15. Not Knowing When someone is talking to you

    Not quite the same thing but I find it really disconcerting when someone is trying to talk to or attract the attention of another person close to me but they don't make it clear who they're speaking to so for a moment I think it's me. Another example can be out on the road or walking down the street when a driver beeps and it's unclear who they're beeping - is it me or someone else? When one driver beeps another it's usually because they think they've done something wrong (whether they actually have done is another matter). I occasionally hear it when I'm driving and am sure I haven't done anything wrong but it might be intended for another driver or even a pedestrian. A good reason I feel not to beep the horn unless it's obvious who it's intended for (or better still don't use it to rebuke other drivers as it just causes alarm or bad feeling.)
  16. Are People With AS Compatible?

    Your combination of symptoms is unique to you, so perhaps you should just call it [insert your own name] syndrome.
  17. A Need to Google

    Yes, and I watch documentaries about science and technology rather than people. Also, I don't recognise faces easily so I tend not to recognise actors/actresses.
  18. Yeah, I'm fine. I'm not sure why I keep posting like that, maybe just because I'm bored or something.
  19. Are People With AS Compatible?

    Sometimes I ponder ditching the whole AS scenario and applying my own diagnosis which I call TPS. After all, these days everyone has autism or AS. Amazingly, I now begin to lose count of people I meet whose brother's sister, best friend or cousin has AS. I think for me personally, TPS is both an accurate and useful diagnosis. Does it apply to anyone else? Theoretical Personality Syndrome Symptoms: (1) Physical clumsiness, tiredness and need for at least 10 hours sleep. Optimum sleep pattern 3.00 am - 12.00 noon. (1B) Cannot handle early morning but nocturnal activity feels normal. (2) Low physical energy and low physical output but high level of mental energy and mental processing. (3) Impaired in normal levels of everyday functioning and task performance making employment a nightmare. Slow physical activity. (4) Predominant inclination to theoretical aspect of subject matter - more inclined to do physics than making things. (5) No connection with other people and strong sense of self. (6) No dominant gender identity. (7) Connection with animals. (8) Sensitivity to light and noise. (9) Paranormal experience (has been noted in reference to so-called Indigos. (10) Low level of emotion or interpretation of emotion. I can then throw in some AS traits: (1) Repetitive routines. (2) Weak in non verbal communication. (3) Dyspraxia (4) Prosopagnosia (sometimes) (5) Temper tantrums. (6) Fabric sensitivity (7) Lack of empathy However, the first list is where I figure I differ and where that diagnosis defines more accurately.
  20. A Need to Google

    When I watch a movie I really like, or a movie that is based on a true story, I often google facts about the movie.  There was one movie I watched on netflix one time called Perfect Sisters, and it said that it was based on a true story, so I looked it up, and there were these girls in real life that the people who were working on the case called the Bathtub Girls, but apparently, in real life, greed was the real motive for the murder, while the movie portrayed them in a more sympathetic light.  Also, if I don't quite understand something that happened in a movie, then I try to look up a summary of the movie to figure out what was going on.  
  21. Thoughts on Netflix's "Atypical"?

    @RiRi I had a student when I was student teaching who had a very exaggerated smile.  I don't think it was as exaggerated as Sam's though.  The kid that I had for student teaching has classic autism though, so it was more obvious that he was autistic.  I agree that not all people on the spectrum smile like that though.  I also saw pictures of another student that my sister had (my sister is a teacher as well) who is on the spectrum, and his smile looked a little exaggerated (his eyebrows were raised up as high as they could go in a lot of his photos, which looked a little odd, but was no where near as exaggerated as the smile that Sam from the show had).  I've also come across a lot of people on the spectrum who have monotone voices, and some sound robotic, but not all of them do.  I think that my voice is monotone, but I don't think it's that noticeable because I have an accent, so that just makes me sound different from other people in general.   I flinch when someone touches me, and I'm not expecting it, but I've never actually pushed someone away like that because of it.  Honestly, I feel like they exaggerated a lot of stuff in the show even though they are legitimate traits of people on the spectrum.  I feel like maybe an autistic person who is more severe than that might push the person away, or an autistic child would do that, but someone who is older and has learned that pushing is never acceptable probably wouldn't do that.  
  22. A Need to Google

    Ooooh, I know! I've only watched a few things on Amazon video, but it's so useful haha!
  23. A Need to Google

    Fun fact:  Amazon Video satiates this need, because they cleverly show the list of actors with their names whenever you pause.  It alleviates the need to google the list of actors for the show and find the character name, the actor, and then google them.   Yes, I do this, too, but my repertoire isn't too bad now, so I usually can remember where I've seen the actor before, though not always.
  24. A Need to Google

    Yes, I especially struggle with it if the two characters are similar in personality or appearance. It is almost like I have to keep reminding myself that they are two separate characters   
  25. A Need to Google

    I'm similar to this, when I've been used to an actor in a certain role for a long time and then they're in something else, it takes a while for me to see them as this new character. I guess, that's what being typecast does, but I do struggle with it haha.
  26. A Need to Google

    I have experienced this. Also, it seems I have a need to mentally list other things I have seen someone in whenever I watch something. For example, each time I watch Star Wars I cannot watch any scene with Christopher Lee as Count Dooku without acknowledging (in my head) that he also played Saruman in the Lord of the Rings films. And I mean I do this every single time I watch any of those films. It is peculiar, but it is like my brain is a kind of database for all the films and TV shows I have watched and the need to Google definitely arises if I cannot remember something which I am certain that I know. That really irritates me 
  27. Are you alright? You seem to be posting like this a lot.
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