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  1. My book is called "Austism in a 21st century America mired in 1920s vices" Here's the highlights of the advice that it gives people with Asperger Syndrome and ASD..Autism Spectrum Disorders. 1.Chronic drug users are social parasitic predators, just like any other negative type of person or people. They feed off of any information that you give them, directly or indirectly. Practice Self defense and home defense only. Do not crusade in any way, shape or form... Practice No form of vigilantism. Self defense and home defense is all the crusading and vigilantism you need, because it has the effect of neutralizing and deterring behaviors associated with heavy marijuana abuse...and over time, the message will be received. Do not talk to drug users because anything that you say, can and will be used against you, twisted and propagandized, in the plotting shark circle of their negative personality and friends. I have experienced people with a negative personality, and no matter what you say, or how you say it or how you go about it, people with a negative personality are going to be negative, and that includes negative about you. So give them nothing to feed off of. 2. Do not try to join their circles, because you are different, and chronic drug users are social sharks, they're not your friends, they are nobody's friends and they won't be your friends. 3. Don't feel sorry or feel bad for anybody who dies from drug abuse no matter who it is. Understand Darwin and grasp the concept of Darwinism. 4.Do not rely on high incomes and nice clothes and classy cars and nice homes as a sole, proprietary means of safety by itself. Because you cannot guarantee anything about people who you don't know, period. No matter where you are or what your neighbors look like.. Always follow survival, safety and security rules and protocols. My book goes into a lot more detail than that, but those are the brief facts that it centers around.
  2. Just wondering if anyone else with an android phone uses google routines? I just found it about a month ago for the morning one. Basically, by saying "OK Google, good morning" it will read today's weather, tell you about traffic on your way to work/school, turn on/off lights or set thermostat (if you have compatible devices), tell you about today's calendar, and even play short snippets from news stations. All of these can be turned on or off and arranged in an order. The reason I bring it up is because one of the news stations I have it play is one called "Spectrum Autism Research". It actually has some very interesting information on autism. It doesn't update every day, more like once a week but still cool to stay informed on a lot of stuff. One example of a topic was how Autism and Alexithymia are related but necessarily inherent to each other, or how autistic people do feel empathy like normal people but don't necessarily know how to personally relate or properly show it. It is very interesting stuff if you ask me. Just wanted to let others know
  3. Dr-David-Banner

    A Woman I Met

    This was a bit of a coincidence. I was in another area helping out with something. The area is quite typical for people who have money who live in the country. You often see people riding horses and especially walking dogs. This lady was passing by and we ended up chatting for a time. She eventually started to tell me about her son who apparently has some autism condition. I was surprised how familiar these case histories tend to be. By now I've read scores of patient histories, mainly from the Soviet Union. These latter pretty much match the case histories described by Asperger himself in Vienna, Austria. First thing she mentioned was asphyxia during birth. This is quoted a lot by doctors. It seems a significant percentage of autism cases are triggered by some birth related trauma, be it infection and fever, or loss of oxygen during birth. Soviet doctors called this organic autism where it's thought the cause is some physical trauma to the brain. Despite that, autism is divided into groupings where the cause maybe something purely psychological or perhaps genetic. Anyway, her son totally fitted the biological type. His intelligence level was a bit below average with significant motor impairment (very clumsy and struggles with writing). His mother told me her son did collect volumes of information on his favourite subjects. Also he spends most of his time on his own and won't socialise. The other day I did actually see the two together out walking but no time to speak with both of them. Another odd fact you so often find: One family member tends to be intellectual and this is apparently an intellectual family. The mother is a doctor and possibly her brother was an outstanding academic in some field. Asperger himself pointed out pretty much most of the parents of the children he helped were odd but still socially functonal. Some neurologists noted you can have organic autism as well as the other type overlapping, That is very hard to diagnose as well. My own specific situation is too difficult for me to pinpoint as I'm not aware of any actual birth trauma. Despite that my actual symptoms would suggest the biological cause because my motor impairment is pretty severe to the point I couldn't drive or struggle with direction and orientation. One other symptom typical of biological autism is lack of purpose so that activities are carried out sort of randomly or in bursts at a time. Maybe I will see than again but of course I never mention my own issues to anyone.
  4. Dr-David-Banner

    Defending Hans Asperger

    I've had a few months now to gather my thoughts on the accusations made towards Austrian Psychologist Hans Asperger. Despite the apparent fact that a very high percentage of the A.S.D. Community has accepted the claim at face value that Asperger was either a Nazi apologist or even a card-carrying member, let's say I remain highly sceptical (and for some very good reasons). Let's muddy the water somewhat: I am going to quote directly from views expressed by Hans Asperger himself and little-known views voiced by his rivals. Apologies if some may find the quote bit upsetting below: "To list but a few examples: autism’s co-discoverer in America, Leo Kanner, supported sterilisation for the mentally disabled, while Foster Kennedy, chairman of the American Psychiatric Association, advocated a US euthanasia programme to be modelled upon the Nazis’. In England, Winston Churchill endorsed the Mental Deficiency Act 1913, mandating that all “imbeciles” be separated from society and involuntarily committed to labour camps, typically for the rest of their lives. Amid often awful squalor, many deteriorated and died." That then is pretty shocking. Nobody today seems to take issue with the idea that Winston Churchill had zero acceptance of those he considered "inferior" and shockingly envisioned their exploitation as slave labour!! Leo Kanner was credited with the very early conceptualisation of the childhood autism diagnosis and is still widely revered today. Nobody seems to be aware of his ethical views. Here now is Hans Asperger's thoughts in direct quote: ”Not everything that steps out of line, and thus 'abnormal,' must necessarily be 'inferior’." -Hans Asperger "The autistic personality is an extreme variant of male intelligence." (Hans Asperger) "Social adaptation has to proceed via the intellect." (Hans Asperger) The problem is this: Few people have ever read what Asperger actually said or attempted to deduce his overall ideology and outlook. Yet, this is very plain to see in his essays. There is no doubt at all, Asperger's work was directed in a very positive light and there is no real tangible sign he held views in any way similar to Leo Kanner. I never picked up any idea of Asperger as being in any way sentimental or even playing the Schindler role (supposedly pretending the children were often gifted to spare them and, therefore, exaggerating. In reality, his approach is totally scientific and research-based. Not only that but Asperger struck me as the only neurologist who was exploring the advantages to society of the autistic mind and likewise tying it in with genetics. It seems to me his work was split two ways: (1) He actually had an interest in how to change teaching methods to help slow-learners or classroom rejects. (2) He was fascinated by the fact so many of the autistic kids had intellectual parents so likewise strong intelligence genes. The absolute clincher in this argument is if you read Asperger's essays, he concludes the exact opposite of the contemporary German ideology of a blond-haired, blue-eyed race. Amazingly, Asperger concluded that genius or creativity arises from imbalance and a juxtaposition of negative personality and positive personality traits. Asperger "knew" many schizophrenics were great artists or musicians. My honest guess is whatever evidence they gathered to discredit Asperger was probably based on his tactical positioning at a time when Austria was under a Fascist dictatorship. I also have deep suspicions the discrediting of Asperger was sort of politically motivated and strangely coincides with the decision to drop his name from professional acclaim. Yet seemingly not Leo Kanner? And lastly, Asperger's work I found to be incredibly helpful and definitely looking at a subject from a totally more positive perspective than those who pump out drugs and anti-psychotics (often in the interests of large drug companies). When acceptance of Asperger Syndrome became consolidated in the late 1980s in the U.K., the approach taken was that of treating a psychological disorder with the focus on the various symptoms and deviations. In the USSR, research was seemingly ahead of the U.K. and U.S.A. but worryingly the emphasis was on the use of drugs and even anti-psychotics to "normalise" those who deviated from the assumed highest standard "normality". Although I don't seriously endorse any view of superiority over neurotypicals or the "evolutionary steps" outllook that started to predominate on forums in the mid 2000's, it isn't necessarily to be excluded that the idea behind the discrediting of Asperger not long ago was intended to break up and neutralise the on-going social awareness of autistic people as a social class. Much as I dislike these days the use of the term "aspies", I am still basically in favour of a more positive image towards neurodiversity. Simply because awareness creates more rights and consideration towards those who usually were left to struggle with little support or accommodation by the system. Supposing it is true that there was a sort of conspiracy theory to put the brakes on autism awareness, you get the impression so far it appears to have worked.
  5. 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
  6. Introduction: Hello, I'm Elly and I'm a Psychology student at University of East London. I also have a sibling with autism. I'm looking for participants to take part in an online survey about social media use in adults with autism. About the research: - I'm investigating the relationship between social media use and quality of life in adults with autism. - Social media is a widely debated topic but its use among adults with autism is less understood. - I want to find out how adults with autism use social media and whether it has the capacity to impact positively on their lives. - Any adult (autism diagnosis or not) can take part in the study as I require a range of responses. - The study is an online questionnaire which is completely anonymous. The questionnaire should take about 15 minutes to complete (please see link below). - The questionnaire has fixed responses so if you have any other additional comments about the topic then I would love to hear them below. - The research has been ethically approved by the supervisory board at UEL. Contact details: If you have any questions or would like more information, don't hesitate to comment below or get in touch at u1725912@uel.ac.uk Survey Link: https://uelpsych.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eYcaO2gqaZXmZ3T Many thanks in advance Elly
  7. I just read this article https://thesector.com.au/2018/11/23/friendships-are-particularly-challenging-for-girls-with-autism-research-finds/?fbclid=IwAR1KDfb09FcaB7ssgMYdIHAjfdCNuLqfAoDMoR2yDZJZn0fXYhu_iMJdwVM It is saying that females on the spectrum find it harder to make friends I relate to this a lot. Im very black and white when it comes to friendships. I dont have time for pettiness, gossip or power games. Once trust or respect is violated I wont go back. I partly see this as good boundaries, and valid expectations of being a decent human being, but I do also see its not very open/forgiving and means you are less likely to have many or any female friendships. What are other peoples experiences? Just for females for this one
  8. 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.
  9. Are you better at non-verbal communication or are you better at verbal? Do you think generally, people on the spectrum are better at non-verbal communication or are they better at verbal? In what ways? Or do you think that it just depends on the person?
  10. I thought it would be good to make a list of all the good autism videos and documentaries out there. I find them so helpful as I'm a very visual person but also just seeing more people like me has so helpful personally, and it helps me understand the breadth and diversity of the autism spectrum. Its useful when others have insights into their own experience and really good to see those who have managed to find a supportive niche for themselves in the world or some kind of success as per their own definition of success. I personally prefer ones focused on autistic individuals rather than just informational or explanatory ones, Ive also stayed away from personal vlogs, more chatty-style vids and pseudoscience/'cures'. Also these are mostly focused on adults on the 'higher functioning' end of the spectrum but thats just because thats what I watch but feel free to post other kinds just the ones you would recommend. I was looking through my youtube history looking for a specific autism documentary and realised I have seen hundreds - and a lot of them were really good and others might benefit
  11. Some novels I have read with character portrayels of Autism/Aspergers, not always as a main character. Starred are my Favourites. Eleanor Oliphont Is completely Fine - Gail Honeyman Attachments - Rainbow Rowell *Radio Silence - Alice Orseman The Kiss Quotient - Helen Hoang *All Systems Red (and whole Murderbot series - Its about a human-like robot but is very relatable from an Austism perspective) - Martha Wells Lady Midnight (and whole Dark Artifices series) - Cassandra Clare The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky The curious incident of the Dog in the Nightime - Mark Haddon *The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Steig Larsson I also think: Truly Devious - Maureen Johnson Mary Poppins - P.L Travers (very different from the films) Please share any you have read
  12. Dr-David-Banner

    Differences: Autism/Schizoid Type

    Quite complex really. The modern definition of schizoid personality I think changed from its more dated use. I have my own conception of schizoid type simply based on the term itself. My guess is "schizoid" is borderline schizophrenia and a form of high functioning autism. I knew a teenager in Spain who was identical to myself but his autism manifested itself by his unwillingness to communicate with others. He always wandered about reading grammar books (English) but ignored others and refused to chat. His parents sent him to a psychologist. My autism is different altogether. I do communicate with others, even joke and show signs opposite to being shy. However I cannot genuinely connect with others on a deeper emotional level. There is like a glass partition. I don't like being with people all the time and need my own space. I hate working with other people unless it's those I know well. Sometimes I notice I can swing towards schizoid symptoms and become moody, more anti social but overall I don't see myself as schizoid type. Ultimately I am very inward but will still often talk to people quite freely. I am not very good at this though and come across as plain odd and one-sided in conversation. I also don't smile hardly or get included by groups (they talk as if I'm not there). Autism though may differ in how you interpret it.
  13. I came across this article which is very interesting. Based on models of causation from rat studies, they are saying that there are several possible triggers to cause an epigenetic change in the prenatal environment which causes autism. This just so happens to coincide rather accurately with what I know about my conception. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2518049/ This is what they say specifically: "Genetic analyses have revealed that autism is a polygenetic disorder where any one or more set of genes can predispose toward, but no one gene has been found to cause autism. The primary cause of autism is most likely a form of epigenetic alteration during development, which triggers a cascade of diverse neuropathologies depending on the timing of the epigenetic attack. A number of toxic insults have been implicated as the key triggers of autism probably with a higher probability in the genetically predisposed." It then has a table which lists toxic triggers shown to induce autistic symptoms in rats (I am wholeheartedly against this form of cruelty, regardless). Two of these triggers, I was highly likely to have been exposed to at the time surrounding my conception. 1. Valproic acid. "Mood-stabilizer primarily in the treatment of epilepsy and bipolar disorder". My mother has bipolar and I know that she met my biological father while in a stint in a youth-care type of "mental hospital" (but a more friendly version) in Australia. I dont know whether she received this medication of course, but its likely as she was receiving treatment at this time for her bipolar and suicidal ideation. The peak time of concern for exposure to this toxin is "day 20–24 of gestation" (day 20-24 after the point of conception/sex). I dont know how long she lived or stayed there, she has only indicated it was sometime in the year before my birth and included my conception. 2. Ethanol. AKA Alcohol. My mother is a lifelong alcoholic. My mother had me at 18 and had been on the streets since 15 years old. She has always said she gave up alcohol with each pregnancy for its duration but the timeframe of toxin exposure is within "3–5 weeks of gestation" which is when a woman is generally not aware that she is pregnant - most tests only worth after 4 weeks. Whether she was still living in the care place or had gotten out would be the biggest indicator but Im sure she could have still gotten hold of alcohol because it wasnt rigid like a mental hospital and an addict always can get a hold of what they need. I realise its not set in stone, and these are just animal studies, and it is expected that you would already have a genetic predisposition (which wouldnt be expressed unless you are exposed to the right environmental trigger), but all that aside, I have to say I find this very uncanny. A little weird. It seems very cause and effect, and a clear point of responsibility - I know thats somewhat unfair as she has two illnesses. But the idea that I could have been normal/neurotypical if she had hadnt been kicked out of home and had been treated appropriately, and gotten help for alcohol addiction and bipolar issues - which would have meant she wouldnt have had a child so early Im sure, but that would be fine. Whoever did come into the world would have had a much gentler experience.
  14. My partner had a accident this week, he slipped and fell on the ice and has hurt his arm, he went to A&E and its not broken he has soft tissue damage, he is moaning and wincing like crazy and i am struggling to deal with it, i sound like a complete cow and horrible partner to him but i cant help it, he is not himself so i have to deal with that also he is off work so i am having to deal with the change of him being home all week when its not planned, i am trying i really am to be nice and give sympathy but its just not me its going to be a long week, i am stressed overloaded i feel sick because he is not himself, but just don't no what to say to him i had a 3 day headache so far so not sure that's gonna go any where i just want him to be himself and be back to work but if he is feeling bad i cant make him go back so i just have to deal with it . anyone have the same sort of problems with partners and sickness, when iam ill or hurt i just deal with it i dont want any sympathy
  15. As adults, some people seem less autistic in some ways. They manage to find ways to cope with things or just somehow end up being a different person than they were as a child. I imagine the symptoms may also fluctuate depending on the state of the person. To fit the autistic criteria and formally get diagnosed, you don't need to have the symptoms as an adult as long as they were there when you were a child. Are the any symptoms that you no longer fit or fulfill in the criteria for a formal diagnosis? If so, what are they and how do you think you over came these symptoms? Do you feel like those symptoms are no longer there as in, they disappeared? Or do they come back from time to time? Or did you find a way to cope with them? If so, how?
  16. I'm a high school teacher in rural Nevada. Since my school is in an impoverished area, we receive additional Federal funding under something called a Title I program. This funding has allowed my school to hire additional teachers and aides. It has also allowed us to acquire additional computers and other instructional tools. As a Title I school, our continued participation in this program requires us to have 4 Title 1 "Parents' Nights" during each school year. A few weeks ago we had one such event. The theme of the night was math and all of the teachers set up booths so we could interact with students and parents. Since I teach Culinary Arts, I set up a production costing booth but no one visited and I spent 2 1/2 hours reading my Kindle Fire tablet. After the event ended, I went out to dinner at a local restaurant. I was reading my tablet when I looked up to see a woman waving in my general direction. I didn't recognize this woman and since there was a table of somewhat noisy people behind me, I assumed that she was waving at them. I didn't think anything of it and went back to reading my tablet and enjoying my dinner. A few minutes later, a server dropped off a complimentary refill of my beverage. I hadn't asked for a refill but appreciated the gesture. When I looked up to thank the server, I saw that a guy sitting next to the woman who had been waving was now waving in my general direction. Since I didn't recognize this person, I ignored him. The next morning, as I was walking into the school, our counselor approached me. "Why didn't you wave at me last night?" I looked at her. "Were you waving at me?" She nodded. "Did this happen at Chili's?" She nodded. I apologized and reminded her that I'm autistic. I explained that I don't have a good memory for names or faces. "But you know who I am now." I nodded. "You're the counselor. I can recognize you as the counselor because we're at work but apparently within the informal atmosphere of a casual dining restaurant, I did not recognize you. How odd. I wonder if I would now recognize that man you were sitting with." The counselor turned red. "Oh you wouldn't know him. He was my date. He's not an educator and he doesn't work here." "If he doesn't work here and if I don't know him, why was he waving at me?" "It was a joke." "I don't understand." "I'm sorry we confused you." "No worries." And that was pretty much that. This experience has made me wonder. Have any of you had similar problems? Can you remember names and faces of people at one location and then draw a blank if they appear at another location? I'm sorry to say that this happens to me quite frequently. I've been in supermarkets and have had people I don't recognize come up and start talking to me. From the context of their conversation, I have assumed that these people knew me ... but I didn't recognize them. I have also passed cars while driving and have had people toot their horns and wave. I don't know if these people were neighbors, colleagues, students, or possibly parents of students. I sometimes wonder if any of them were actual strangers who just liked my car. I drive a Nissan hybrid. Last year a stranger approached me at work to discuss some meeting we were supposed to have during the coming week. I had no idea who this person was or why he would be at my departmental meeting. When I asked him who he was, the stranger claimed to be my department chair. It turned out that the department chair, a business teacher, had recently shaved off his beard. Without his beard I didn't recognize him. It was very unsettling because this person SOUNDED like my department chair but no longer looked like him. I'm curious as to whether any of you have had similar problems.
  17. Echo

    Aspie Cymru

    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
  18. Kuribo [old account]

    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?
  19. This is National Autistic Society's World Autism Awareness Week video. What do you think? I like it. I like how it's used an adult autistic woman and I totally relate to it.
  20. AutismUnrestricted

    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
  21. A432Hz

    Music Therapy

    Hello!Both my brother and I have Asperger's syndrome. As such, it is a topic of interest for me, and so I am doing my final project in a grade 12 course on the effects of Music Therapy and ASD. If anyone could take a few minutes to answer the questions in this survey, if you have participated in music therapy and are on the Autism spectrum or are a parent of a child on the spectrum, I would really appreciate it. The report is due in a couple of weeks and I need more responses. Your responses are anonymous and there is more detail on the survey page. https://docs. google. com/forms/uTNo5j9kDzwOa9wD3 Thank you so much for your time. Also, I have read the rules of the forum and did not see anything about this, but if it is against the rules, please let me know and I will take this down immediately.
  22. TheTheatreCat

    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!
  23. 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??
  24. 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.
  25. Aspergolfer


    Is my fascination for hair an Autistic trait?
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