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  1. Singing to self soothe and feel better

    Hello, As some of you know I'm an adult with Aspergers. I have always loved singing to self soothe. I'm self taught and have not had any singing lessons.  I literally fall in love with songs and they get stuck in my head to the point where I can't do much else but hyper focus on the song. It plays in my head 24/7 and the only way to get it out of my head is to learn it and sing it and once I feel satisfied with the recording, it goes away.  I love this song from Beauty and the Beast. Hope you all enjoy listening to it as much as I've enjoyed learning and recording it.     It would mean a great deal to me if you could spare a few minutes to support me with this hobby by visiting my youtube channel which is very much in its infancy, only started recently to have one place to store all my recordings, like it or share it if you find it any good. Sorry about the funny faces i pull whilst concentrating on the notes   Hopefully this link will work for my channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPAIYdY6xr0uasCSBkynT3Q Thank you x
  2. Open Source Autism?

    http://homepage.cs.uiowa.edu/~hourcade/projects/asd/ Here is my own website to talk about Aspergers Technology http://aspergerstech.freeforums.net/
  3. Could I have Aspergers?

    Hello there,   I was chatting to my friends recently when we were all filling in a quesionare for something. One question was "what makes you different to your friends?" And a few of mine wrote "I have autism" (Aspergers or similar), and we were all surprised when they said this, as none of us knew that anyone in our group was autistic. Now, this was a very convenient way of me learning all this, but it led me to do some research, as I knew very little about Autism and Aspergers at the time, and wanted to make sure that I made the right approach and didn't worry them, now that they knew that I knew this about them.   So, I looked up what having Aspergers affected, and what the symptoms were. It wasnt long before I realised that I too had quite a few of these symptoms. I took a few online tests, and they all came up as in the range of someone who had Aspergers. I thought to myself "it can't provide a real diagnosis" but it has been bothering me since.   The traits I can relate with (from the list at http://www.webmd.com/brain/autism/tc/aspergers-syndrome-symptoms and other sources) include: difficulty to make and maintain friendships; random finger or hand tapping; strangely formal language; strict(ish) routine (on weekdays); one sided conversations about one obsessive topic (Theatre); domination of conversations (difficult for others to get words in edgeways); heightened sensitivity (especially to sound); difficulty to fit in with others; being bullied for being who I am (which is different to others) and not putting any emphasis on being "cool".   I'm not sure really what to do and haven't told my parents about this yet as I'm not sure what to say or how they'll react! If, however, my suspicions grow, then I will definitely talk to them, but I thought I'd try on here first and see whether there is anyone here who can help me at all by saying "yes, you might have Aspergers" or "no, you're just being silly".   Thank you!
  4. So what the heck is synesthesia? A combining of senses, basically. So for me it's for every sense that isn't sight there is a color association. I hear more intensely then I smell or taste, and I feel just as much as I see. For me letters, shapes, time, distances, all of that jazz can be a color range or just a color or like having subtitles always in your vision. WHAT? Right? That is not neurotypical. Most people, at least for me, when they see an object it is just that object. There's a puppy. Yes I see the puppy, but if the puppy is in my lap and panting the sensation of puppy in lap is lavender and yellow and then the sound the puppy makes (chilled panting) is plumish-red and true blue. Then if someone is talking to me I see their words as subtitles based upon how intensely they are speaking.  Every letter has a color and every word has a color combination. Ok so I'm sitting there with the puppy and someone just said "HEY Kim!" H is orange-gold, E is red/pink Y is white, K is light blue, i is white, and m is a faded red.  So along with seeing the image of puppy in my lap and some one from behind me saying "HEY Kim!" The colors I experience are lavender, yellow, plumish-red, orange-gold, red/pink, white, light blue, white again, and then faded red all in a span of a moment. 3 seconds. For me, I didn't know this was not how people experienced the world until high school when I asked my best friend "Doesn't a letter have a color?" And she said no. What was I talking about. My poor Trig teacher had to read my notes in color because I couldn't organize mathematics without some color. Geometry was hell because with numbers, words, and shapes I was supposed to figure out an angle and to me an angle on an obtuse triangle is light blue only because O from Obtuse is aqua. -_-? Now imagine triangles as green because 3 is green and oh triangles are yellow green because they're small and big triangles are multicolored for whatever reason. The logic is either there or it's not there at all. G is green. Makes sense right? But then why is T light brown or S white or light green sometimes? It's a weird experience I had no idea was weird.   I even remember times before I knew my native language all because people made sounds and sounds had colors. Other than that personal fact I know to be true, I can't explain why. I would love for a neurologist just to ask "What the heck is up with her brain and lets see a visual as to why."  There are many reports saying that synesthesia is caused by head trauma and I would agree with that. The colors became more intense after I would hurt my head in many ways that I would. I've landed on the back of my head more times than most kids I knew.  Point of all of this is I was currently diagnosed with Autism and that I'm somewhere on the range but it's unknown where I stand. Well...I feel that's inaccurate and needs to be addressed. Because my brother is considered Aspergers (though still in denial but everyone says that he is) and he thinks I'm nuts for experiencing soooooo many colors in just one point in time. I mean I can roll a dice and visualize my goal just by the color combinations of what a dice feels like. If I want a 6 you can bet 5/6 times I'll get my 6. I feel like this difference is not what every Aspie feels and that if I want benefits to help with college or help in career choices identifying as autistic is unfair for others. Because for me if there is truly one sense I have it's color. If I were to go blind I feel I'd be fine because I already have 100000000000000+ color combinations for the world.  So, everyone, you tell me. Should this be within the branch of autism or a separate disorder? If you read all of that, bless ya, please share your opinion. 
  5. Parents won't Believe I'm Autistic?

    I've read ten books on autism. I've done five courses on autism. I've talked to people...but my parents won't believe me. My mom said it's because I don't look autistic. They're not allowing me to get a diagnosis because "That's not how it works." Help??
  6. Another aspie vlogger from the same country as the owner of this forum. But she only has one video about asperger's, embedded right below.   Most of her others are make-up tutorials. Another aspie who breaks the mould by being into beauty, but I wonder if it is a special interest of hers. Does she go on and on about make-up? It seems likely that only those who know her personally would currently know. She does have a few other psychology related videos, including one about anxiety and even something called emetophobia. I have sent her an email, using an email address found on her about page, mentioning this site, but so far no reply from her.:(
  7. I'm in the 12th grade now and I am about to enter college, and I want to know what I should major in, but I have learned that just because a class is fascinating in school, doesn't mean it translates to a comfortable job, or any job for that matter, especially for someone with autism.....what jobs have you found to be best for you, in spite of your condition? is it true that IT jobs are among the best jobs for people with autism? even if that's true, i want to major in something social science related.....because that's where my interests are.....
  8. Found someone like me <3

    First post I have made here in a long time. Life has been pulling me in so many directions, but one very special change. An old friend I haven't talked to in a while (for good reason) called me up to ask him help move. Me, a complete wreck with bags under my eyes from stress agrees since I have a hard time letting people down.. A cute girl was in the passenger seat and I thought to myself "must be one his "side friends" (keeping it appropriate) Very shy girl, which attracted me to her right away because I'm shy to. AS me and my friend talked in the garage while moving stuff he said that she's very loyal. Big words to hear for me since I have been hurt over and over again. Being single for 3 years I was nervous as hell.. I used one of my best traits to try and make an attempt to communicate with her. Being a dork and using my humor. She didn't laugh very much. When things were finishing up with moving she was outside and I asked her if she was from the same town I live in, since I know most people around here. She said, yes, I didn't have a follow up so I just said cool and smiled >_< .. A few more pointless things and finally asked if she would like to casually just hang out with me and some friends that night for a get together. She tried to act like she was thinking about it and replied with a loud sure! Smiling in excitement. I didn't think she was going to meet me that night and I can't believe she drove all the way back just to see me! The night went great and we spent time laughing, joking and sharing things about each other playing some video games. The next day I waited without talking to her, I didn't want to come off desperate. After a few more hours I couldn't help it and sent her a message inviting her to my friends cookout. nervous as hell with 2 hours of sleep. She was excited and went with. Just as happy and nervous as I was! It was a slow miserable day, her looking amazing, me.. like a zombie. She didn't mind ^-^ Fast forward: We hung out everyday after that. And started officially dating on June 13th. About a week and a half after meeting. Here is the crazy part. after getting to know her more. I noticed she was really awkward just like me, laughed different than any girl, had trouble getting her words out and had a "learning disability" (hate that term) in school. I did to. She became flustered easily by quick information. She can't eat in front of people or focus on talking on the phone around others. The sweetest girl I have ever met.. And I am MORE than convinced she falls into the Asperger's side of life like me.    
  9. today, was my first day at school, and our school is using google classroom for all the classes, and I could not create an account, and while my mother was trying to help me, we got into intense arguing in the process.....im very angry, and I also said very nasty sexual things about the teachers (in front of my mother) in order to express my frustration, because I am NOT good with tech AT ALL.......and it was very frustrating......I know I shouldn't have, though....im about to have a meltdown or break something, how do I calm myself down..?
  10. I just saw a video of ten things you should never do in Dubai, I wonder what the autism situation is there.
  11. http://koriathome.com/world-50-cent-channing-tatum/
  12. My dream job at the moment is working as a History teacher, but people say that due to my impulsivity from ADHD and autism, I don't have the patience to be a teacher...my own paraprofessional said that, too....and my father, and in the past my mother...I want to work as a teacher, and I feel im getting more and more patient with time (my mom confirms this) and will be patient and mature enough by the time I get by BA........is being a teacher difficult for someone with autism and ADHD?
  13. That you have seen on Netflix or on tv  i rescently saw on Netflix  the pbs documentary  austim in love  and  a youtuber  documetary by Alyssa huber  though our eyes living with aspergers  and  a canadain documentary  called the austim engima  by david Suzuki   
  14. Smilies/Emoticons on Autism Forums

    This is a bit of a strange topic, but I'm curious to know what people think about the use of smilies/emoticons as a means of communication on Autism forums. I've been told in the past that I over-use them and I've had people misinterpret the reasons for my use of them, but I personally consider them to be a great communication tool. One could sometimes be the difference between my interpretation of a post as friendly or hostile, and while I've gotten over this now, I do feel more at ease with people who use them a lot, and I'm able to understand the intentions behind their posts more quickly than I otherwise would. What do you think about them? Do you find them helpful and informative when it comes to online communication, or are they (as some people have said) an unnecessary annoyance that make posts more difficult to interpret?
  15. Self Diagnosis

    How many people on here are self-diagnosed?What do you think of people who self-diagnose?How do you deal with people who disapprove of your self-diagnosis?   
  16. As many of you know, April 2nd is Autism Awareness Day and will be viewed and celebrated by millions of people worldwide who are not on the autism spectrum. There will be people wearing all blue in support of the organization Autism Speaks whom are unaware that the majority of those on the spectrum dislike Autism Speaks. Autism Speaks is not an organization you should be supporting. They only treat us as a problem and a disease that needs to be eradicared and cured. They do not support neurodiversity, they support research and see us as a burden to families. Don't believe me? Then watch this video called I Am Autism. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mycxSJ3-_Q In addition, they do not have a single member with autism on their board. The majority of people who will tuning in on April 2nd do not know the truth about Autism Speaks, we have to show them the truth. This is why we need to oppose and boycott Autism Speaks on April 2nd when the world will be watching, we have to preach the truth to those who are unaware that Autism Speaks is an organization that see's autism as a problem that needs to be cured. We need to band together, to get the truth out about Autism Speaks, and to stop them from getting anymore unaware supporters #DownWithAutismSpeaks There are several things you can do to boycott and get the word out how Autism Speaks is an evil organization, the more people who can contribute, the more likely we will attract the attention of the public. Because right now, only Autism Speaks's voice is being heard and they do not speak for the autistic people. We need to change that to where OUR voice is being heard, not theirs. 1. Post on Facebook voicing your opposition to Autism Speaks and show the I Am Autism video with the hashtag #StopAutismSpeaks so others can see it and be sure to like other peoples posts. Create a bunch of fake accounts to do this if you have to. 2. On Facebook in the trending news feed on the right side bar, there will surely be an Autism Awareness Day or Light it up blue trending. Click on it and go to the comments section of one of the top articles and spam the I Am Autism video and voice your opposition to Autism Speaks. Don't forget to like other peoples posts doing the same 3. thing. #StopAutismSpeaks Create a bunch of fake accounts to do this if you have to. 4. Wear a red or black shirt. Do not wear blue on Autism Awareness day. April 2nd is our only shot of our voice being heard.
  17. So I've been watching a lot of an autistic woman's channel lately, because I find them interesting.  You may find her videos and her Youtube account here and her blog, Neurowonderful, here.   Her name is Amythest Schaber, and she's an autism self-advocate who recently became associated with ASAN.  She seems to explain ASD issues really clearly, and she seems like she's a good person to have being "out" and open about ASD in the public.  And it's nice to see someone with autism being very open about their problems with Autism Speaks and advocating autism by an autistic.  Her explanation of how autism is a disability and why is probably the best that I've seen:     Anyways, she seems to have a really good channel, so I thought that I'd recommend it to fellow Asperclick'ers.
  18. Hi sorry if in wrong place can't find a place to put it.. I've created a forum for autistic gamers a place we can gather and talk games, play online etc. Willow has this forum must be a massive undertaking and not enough time so i thought rather put more pressure on her i thought i'd create a forum just for us aspies to game. If you'd like the address leave a comment.   Marmite.
  19. Hi there, My name is Abbie Elton and I am currently studying a Masters degree in ‘Autism Studies’ with the University of Kent (UK). I am conducting research for my dissertation, which is about Sensory profiles of adults with autism, in particular comparing the differences between genders. I am looking for adults with Autistic Spectrum conditions who would be willing to complete two short online questionnaires. If you would like to take part, please follow the link in the advert below. Thank you very much in advance. Sensory Profiles of Adults with Autism: A comparison study between males and females Are you: • Aged 18 years or older? • Diagnosed with an autism spectrum condition? If so, you are invited to take part in this study which is investigating gender differences in sensory issues among adults with autism. I am currently a student at the University of Kent (UK), studying a Masters degree in ‘Autism Studies’. Recent studies suggest most adults with autism have some level of sensory sensitivity, but much less is known about how these issues differ between men and women. This research could provide important information about gender differences in sensory profiles. The study involves completing an online questionnaire called the Adult/Adolescent Sensory Profile tool, followed by a short demographic study. It should take no more than 20 minutes in total to complete. We will be happy to provide a summary of the results when the study is finished. If you would like to take part, please click the link below to begin. https://newqtrial2015az1.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cP97HoP11QXLavP Thank you, Abbie Elton    
  20. Hi Peeps   I've started my own Welsh language YouTube channel; Aspie Cymru. On it I will be discussing Aspergers etc. and my perspective on things which are associated with autism.    Any posts I make about this channel will remain in one topic, as to avoid cluttering and confusion. Also, sorry for potentially posting this in the wrong thread, I wasn't sure which one to choose; couldn't  find a dedicated thread/topic for posting such content - my bad if there is   Anyway, this is my first video     And this is the accompanying blurb   Cynnig fi ar drio creu adnoddau Cymraeg ar gyfer codi ymwybyddiaeth o awtistiaeth yng Nghymru. Gobeithio fydd hyn o fudd i bobol. Unrhyw cwestiynau neu sylwadau? Gadewch nhw ar waelod y dudalen  Diolch am wylio. Parch a heddwch x This is my attempt at creating Welsh language resources to raise awareness about autism in Wales. I hope that this will be of some benefit or comfort etc. to people. Any questions or comments? Leave them at the bottom at the page Thanks for watching. Respect and peace x   It is important that resources are available in different languages (when possible) and that's one of the reasons why I have chosen to do this. It is not my intention to take over from anyone else or to "step on anybody's toes". There isn't anybody else "out there" doing this in Welsh, so I thought "why not?". So,I'm giving it a go.    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AspieCymru/   Twitter: https://twitter.com/AspieCymru1
  21. Just an FYI    The Open University has a free course available for those of us who want to learn more about autism.    http://www.open.edu/openlearn/health-sports-psychology/psychology/the-autistic-spectrum-theory-practice/content-section-0   Had a "peek" at what they have to offer here, no new info for me really, but, if you are looking for something to do, you could try this or any of their other free courses. 
  22. This is the article that prompted my response. http://wakeup-world.com/2015/11/02/the-child-from-hell-raising-a-child-with-autism-or-aspergers-syndrome/ This was slightly irate response Whatever you believe is true, don't paint every autistic person with the same brush! And don't force them to be something they are neurologically not! Autism is neurological, not psychological. It is not an illness, mental or otherwise. It is not a choice! Although it may come coupled with Axis I and Axis II co-morbidities etc.; depression, anxiety etc. It is one characteristic that defines a person. One characteristic that is pervasive and present since birth. As it is in a group of conditions called pervasive developmental disorders, it can be assumed that it manifests differently in both severity and collection of traits, and at different times in different individual's lives. No one really knows what causes the condition, but it sways strongly on the genetic. Many people on the spectrum, for want of a better way to word it, have relatives who have varying degrees of autism too; parents, siblings, cousins, grandparents, great grandparents etc. But they may not have been diagnosed because of a number of factors. Autism existed before the MMR. It has a history that is easy to find and read; beginning before Leo Kanner and Hans Asperger. One of the many hundreds of useful, factual resources that I have read include Steve Silberman's NeuroTribes and Temple Grandin's The Autistic Brain. Of course environmental/external factors have an effect on people and their development, but how can you explain autism's existence in every culture, throughout the world over many centuries? What we have now are better diagnostic tools and awareness of autism. That's why more people are being diagnosed. Diets and realistic social skills training etc. help, sure, but there is no cure for autism. There are physiological differences in the brain that can't be reversed. Rather than react to the behaviour (the what), find out the reason for the behaviour (the why). In many cases there is a logical reason why an autistic person does what he or she does. Not all autistic people have Pathological Demand Avoidance. Most of us have some sort of Sensory Processing Disorder. We do not always have a choice in the behaviour that we exhibit. Don't be so quick to judge harshly. Your ignorance has the potential to ruin both your life, your family, friends and that of your Aspie/Autie. Arm yourself with the right techniques and information and it could change your life drastically for the better. As all people are different, expect that different things work for different people. It is a process of trial and error, and listening! I am deeply offended by what the author has written. Aspergers is not autism like behaviour! It is a form of autism in itself; the difference being no language delay during early development. I really wish that people would take the time to research the subject before commenting on what they clearly have little knowledge of; despite, apparently having autistic children etc. How did the article make you feel? What would you like to say to the author? Some of what I have written above was in response to other comments posted beneath its shared link on Facebook.