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  1. 3 points
    (Not written by me) A 5-year-old with autism made a 999 call when his mother collapsed, despite normally struggling with conversation Tyler Semple, five, was presented with the award by the National Autistic Society Florence Snead Monday October 1st 2018 A youngster with autism who struggles to hold conversations has earned an award for bravery after he called 999 and guided paramedics to his house when his mother collapsed. Tyler Semple was presented with a bravery award by the National Autistic Society for his actions after his mother, Charley-Anne Semple, fell unconscious at home while unpacking some shopping. Ms Semple, 27, was at home in Thurrock, Essex, with her two children when she collapsed on September 21. ‘He’s very clever with technology’ “I was home just putting some shopping away, which was the last thing I remember,” she said. “What I’ve been able to piece together and have been told by the paramedics is I was lying on the floor unconscious.” She explained her five-year-old son then took her mobile phone to call for help. “He knows the pin code, he’s very clever with technology,” she continued. “He called 999. He was on the phone for a good ten minutes, which is extremely difficult and quite surprising for Tyler as he doesn’t hold conversation very well. “He has speech therapy. He’s verbal but keeping interest in conversation, staying on topic is difficult. “He told them he needed an ambulance and he recited our address. We’ve only lived here four months. He was giving them the phonetic postcode – Romeo, Mike… He was also giving her directions.” Ms Semple said her son’s call might have sounded “like a hoax” at first as Tyler – who struggles to answer direct questions – said she had died after eating a “poisoned apple”. ‘He’s more capable than people give him credit for’ Tyler then went with his three-year-old sister Annabella – who was also given an award – to fetch a neighbour for help. Ms Semple’s collapse was caused by a pre-existing medical condition. She said she had fainted before but not recently. She said both her children were “so happy with their awards” and that by dialling 999 Tyler proved to her that “he’s more capable than people give credit for”. “I think what’s nice and what I’m really trying to push is to celebrate how fantastic I think the children did on the day and to raise autism in a positive light,” she said. “It’s nice to celebrate them.” An East of England Ambulance Service spokesman said Tyler had been “very brave” to stay calm in what must have been a “very frightening” situation. Additional reporting from Press Association. Source: iNews
  2. 2 points
    (Not written by me) Remember when we wrote about Iris Grace, the incredibly talented 5-year-old girl with autism who paints beautiful pictures? It turns out that she has a behind-the-scenes helper who’s also worthy of praise – that’s Thula, her therapeutic cat. Thula, who is almost 1 year old, is a Maine Coon. This breed is known as the intelligent and gentle giant of the cat world and though she’s still small and young, Thula does not disappoint. Her gentle and compassionate character is especially important for Iris, a young girl growing up with autism; “Thula has lowered [Iris’] daily anxieties in life and keeps Iris calm,” Iris’ mother, Arabella Carter-Johnson, told Bored Panda, “but equally has the effect of encouraging her to be more social. She will talk more to Thula, saying little phrases like ‘sit cat.’” Carter-Johnson, had almost given up on the search for a therapeutic animal companion for her daughter. When Iris happened to connect with a Siberian cat that her family would up cat-sitting for Christmas, however, she realized that she “just hadn’t found the right animal yet.” Read more and view lots of adorable pictures here. Although the web source is American, Iris Grace is actually British - from Leicestershire. Read more about her artwork here.
  3. 2 points
    (Not written by me) Mother says her son with autism was ‘mocked’ by rail staff after asking about an earlier service Sarah Hilary said her son was becoming stressed at Paddington station in London and had hoped they might be allowed on an earlier service Josh Barrie Wednesday October 24th 2018 A mother claimed she and her son, who has autism, were “mocked” by Great Western Railway staff at Paddington train station after she asked whether they might be allowed on an earlier service. Sarah Hilary, a crime novelist, said she had booked to travel on the 6.20pm train from London home to Bath but her son, 17, a vulnerable passenger, was struggling. “They were accusatory and it felt like they were mocking me and my son” Ms Hilary said he can become overwhelmed on a sensory level in places such as hectic train stations. Given he carries a disabled person’s railcard, she hoped GWR would allow them both to start their journey early and avoid any upset. She said to i: “They [staff] acted like gatekeepers, they were intimidating and belligerent, and it seemed like they were trying to save GWR profits rather than support customers, which is their job. Nervous and upset “They were accusatory and it felt like they were mocking me and my son. It was bullying. They were acting like they thought we were ‘pulling a fast one’ and I was only asking to have some flexibility to get a freebie. “It distressed my son and he was visibly agitated and nervous. He doesn’t react well to these situations and hates confrontation. I showed them his railcard, but they just scoffed. “When I explained my son was autistic, one of the men said, ‘yeah, so’s mine’. If he is, I’m worried for his son, given the way he is. “I’ve never been treated so badly. It was horrible to experience, especially in front of other passengers.” Ms Hilary, who shared her and her son’s experience on Twitter, said she felt “humiliated” by the ordeal. Complaint After complaining at the ticket office, she was eventually allowed to change trains and was put on an earlier service. “I explained the situation and they were quite dismissive”, said Ms Hilary. “I didn’t receive any apology after I said I would like to complain – they just stamped our tickets and allowed us on an earlier train.” Ms Hilary said the carriages were incredibly busy and she thought her son “might collapse”. She took him to 1st class, and added that the train manager on board was “very gentle, kind, and understanding”. After taking her complaint to GWR head office, the novelist said senior staff at the rail company were helpful, offered her a refund on her journey, and free tickets on a future fare. Investigation But she also said the experience really affected her son: “He told me afterwards, ‘mum, if that happens again, just sit me in a corner and I’ll ride it out. Please don’t ask the help desk again’.” GWR said what happened was “totally unacceptable” and said it has launched an investigation. A GWR spokesperson told i: “We are sorry to learn of Sarah’s experience while at London Paddington with her son. We work closely with a leading autism charity to give all staff awareness training as part of our customer service training programme. “An investigation has been launched into the issues raised. We are grateful to Sarah for bringing this to our attention and are in contact with her as part of the investigation.” Source: iNews
  4. 2 points
    Hmm the average IQ in the US is 98, 70 or below is considered low and apparently the US military won't accept volunteers or conscripts with an IQ below 85 (or possibly 83 sources vary). To join Mensa in the UK you would have to do one of the following tests Cattell III B test or the Culture Fair III A test and get a score in the top 2% (98th percentile or above). The Culture Fair test is specifically designed for people who's first language is not English. An adult can only get a maximum IQ of 161 on the Cattell III B test and 183 on Culture Fair. A top two per cent score on Cattell III B would be 148 or over, while for Culture Fair it is 132 or over. This is why I find it weird when people say Elon Musk has a 250 IQ score... so far as I know NO ONE, ANYWHERE, EVER has had a score over 190. Einstein had an IQ in the 160's (as did Hawking). A proper IQ test will test for mental agility, it does not test your knowledge, wisdom, memory or emotional intelligence... it doesn't test what you know but rather your ability to learn. Modern tests include a section for verbal intelligence (although not on the one aimed at people for whom English isn't a first language). I think that either you were measured on a special test that isn't standardised or you scored below what you should have... this could be for a number of reasons, firstly if it wasn't in your first language or if you have dyslexia that would be one barrier, another can be if you are from a different culture to the country where you were tested, for example African people can score badly on American/Western tests... this does NOT mean that African people have a low IQ but it does mean that the test itself has a cultural bias. Also if you are struggling physically (e.g. money worries, physical pain) or emotionally (e.g. depression, anxiety) this can have a negative impact on your results too. Your IQ score should NEVER go down, in fact being tested repeatedly should show a few point increase. It is true that in reality our IQ's drop as we age but this is NOT because our IQ drops but rather because humans are constantly getting smarter so older people are ranked lower in the percentages, however, age is usually accounted for so in reality your position remains stable for your life. To understand this you have to understand how the scoring works... even though people are getting smarter the score is not going higher, it was decided that the maximum score is and always will be 161 (I'm specifically using the Cattell test for this example but the same applies for the other standardised tests it's just the numbers are a little different) and the top 2% are the people who score over 148, what this translates to is if you have a score or 148 - 155 you will be in the 98th percentile (top 2%) and if you have a score of 156+ you are in the 99th percentile (top 1%). Because it's done on percentages of the whole population they take an average of all scores and working out what results qualify as what percentile so the scores remain the same even though people are getting smarter with each generation. Also each year the IQ test gets harder to try to overcome people getting smarter and people 'practicing' for the test. Basically if you have a score of 100 (which is the average worldwide) and your mother also had a score of 100 you would technically have a higher IQ than her because she is older than you. Although you should understand that IQ does not mean you are smarter, it's just your ability to learn and mental agility, your mother would also have life experience and wisdom and so on on her side Hope that helps... I still think your score is either very wrong or it wasn't one of the standardised tests. I do not think you are below average at all, you have two languages and attained a degree in your second language... I don't think that would be possible for someone with an IQ under 80 on a standard test.
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    (Not written by me) Board game café set to open in Leamington A ‘board game café is set to open its doors in Leamington later this month. Stephanie Branch, 31, and Trev Davies, 33, will be welcoming fellow enthusiasts, competitive families and complete beginners to their board game café, ‘The Dice Box’, in 137 Regent Street on November 10. The café will provide a large library of board games as well as a café area offering drinks, snacks and food. Stephanie, having lived in Leamington for the last four years, wanted an opportunity to help improve tourism and subsequently give back to the town. She said: “I have found so many people are looking for new and exciting days out, whether it be as a family or with friends. We hope The Dice Box will capture their interest and draw more people back into the heart of Leamington and keep the high street alive. “With that from day one we wanted to make it an option for everyone so we offer a discount of ten per cent off the total bill to all students with an NUS card, NHS workers and all front line emergency services including the military.” Every Monday the café will also hold an autism friendly day where the music will be turned off, the games on offer will have reduced number of options to reduce stress and carers will be able to play for free. The café will open for its official launch on Saturday November 10 and doors will open at 11am. People are strongly encouraged to book their table for the day in advance but there will be a couple of tables open to walk-ins. The Dice Box will be open on Mondays to Sundays from 11am until late. All players are encouraged to book a table before going to the café, but it is not essential, each table has a set three hour slot. The Dice Box will also serve a selection of cakes catering for customers with gluten free and vegan requirements. Source: Leamington Spa & Warwick Courier
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    That's one cultured kitty. Thula seems to appreciate her owner's art and music too, judging by the way she is gazing intently at the violin and bow. It reminds me of how my great-aunt's black Labrador would sit under the grand piano when my dad was playing, invisible in the shadow apart from her soulful brown eyes - she must have enjoyed feeling the vibrations. ❤️
  7. 1 point
    The only thing I don't like about this story is the design of the children's certificates - Tyler's had a ker-pow whizz theme while Annabella's was My Little Unicorn. Why does heroism have to be gendered?
  8. 1 point
    The talk took place in Exeter. Tony Attwood said: "There's the Met Office just up the road from here - now that would be Aspie heaven." I called out: "They've just fired me - that's how Aspie-friendly they are!" (More about my work history here)
  9. 1 point
    It's disappointing StormCrow that those in higher ranks have not taken action against this person. Unfortunately this happens all too often - sometimes because they don't care or even support the person behaving badly but often just because they see it as too much trouble or are worried about taking him or her on. It may be that as the person causing you problems is someone's wife rather than an employee they aren't sure how best to deal with her. It is though their responsibility to protect employees like yourself from being harassed or poorly treated by any person, be that an employee, customer, visitor or general member of the public. Maybe you need to push them a little more on this, making clear how unhappy you are at her behaviour. It may be they don't appreciate the extent of the problem. More generally I think this highlights a problem where too many people don't think about the impact of their words or behaviour (or they do but don't care about the unhappiness they cause). While abuse and rudeness are obviously wrong talking down to someone is also unpleasant. Maybe she needs to be made more fully aware (diplomatically) of the impact of her words and behaviour and shown how to be more constructive and supportive. For some people the problem is they've never really learned how to strike a more supportive tone and they need guidance. If on the other hand they do know how to behave properly but just choose to be unpleasant they need to be dealt with more firmly.
  10. 1 point
    I think some people take out their anger on other people who represent what they hate. Maybe in this case, she hates the fact that her family is autistic and is unfairly taking it out on you. Thing is she doesn't know or ignores the fact that some of the greatest minds that have stepped into this world have been autistic. Is there a superior or department whom you can submit a complain to, someone that you know is generally a good person? Also, I'd keep a journal of all she insulting or condescending statements she made for in case you need it when you submit the complaint, can you record her like on your phone or something, without her finding out? (I don't know if this will get you in trouble but you never know if the higher ups are just as assholes as she is). In the complaint say that she's been insulting to you various times and that you have spoken to her about it many times asking her to stop or redirecting her to the military protocol of interactions but that she has continued to insult.
  11. 1 point
    That's odd that she's condescending to someone who's autistic while her husband and son are autistic as well. But that's people for you. "What is a a man? A miserable little pile of secrets" - Dracula
  12. 1 point
    Hi @Joie6. Are you able to access any specific support for Aspie students at your university? I myself wasn't diagnosed until a couple of years after I finished full-time education, so I missed out on all the perks like a free laptop, subsidised housing, extra time in exams and support workers dancing attendance on me.
  13. 1 point
    Are you sure you didn't misread the first post? I know the US and UK can use different metrics for measuring IQ but the 50's is very low indeed in both? I am not trying to be mean to you, quite the opposite... I don't believe for a moment your IQ is anywhere near the 50's
  14. 1 point
    I don't think she's deliberately trying to be unfair by choosing to go to the restaurant instead. This thing to me seems to have been a small bump in the road, dude. Try to relax.
  15. 1 point
    Good question. I saw it before but didn't have time to answer it. I decided to try answering it now. I don't like to see autism as disability, although sometimes the anxiety I experience can be disabilitating and cause me to miss out on opportunities. Sometimes I can push through and that is a good feeling but other times I don't. To people I don't know well, I am afraid to mention autism in case people prejudge me based on that. If I say anything, I say I get anxiety because I feel most people can understand anxiety to a some degree at least. When I was first diagnosed at 16, I didn't know if I really had it or not as a lot of the info on the web was more male orientated and I didn't always identify as strongly. I have a better understanding now.
  16. 1 point
    I get frustrated when people don't get what I am talking about and this can result in me being irritable or snappy. My mum is very illogical and I get really frustrated with her. I feel like I have to explain things that are obvious and shouldn't need explaining.
  17. 0 points
    Didn't know where to put this, but I'm seeking advice In my regiment the wife of one of the Privates has been treating and talking to me like I'm a baby and sort of insulting me with people around. Its annoying because I'm an NCO and she acts like I'm the lowest Private asking me to do uses things that I wouldn't be doing at my rank. I've asked her to stop or mentioned the proper military way to handle interactions, but she ignores me. I was thinking of sending a message to the Private/husband, but I don't want to seem mean. The Private/Husband and his son both have ASD and it seems like he's oblivious to the insults. So anyone have any advice on how to deal with Rude people that think ASD people are not able to do anything by themselves?



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