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  1. 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?
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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!
  7. Christine

    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??
  8. TruthMusic

    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. I just saw a video of ten things you should never do in Dubai, I wonder what the autism situation is there.
  10. http://koriathome.com/world-50-cent-channing-tatum/
  11. TriforceOfPower

    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?
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. I started a petition on Change.org that I think everyone here can get behind. I was motivated to start this petition after reading this blogpost by Amy Sequenzia http://autismwomensnetwork.org/sharisa-joy-kochmeister-give-her-back-the-right-to-communcate/ Sharisa is a non-verbal autistic woman who lives in Colorado, USA. Earlier this year she was admitted to hospital after being unable to hold down food and losing weight. Sharisa communicates by typing and needs her father's assistance as an interpreter. While in hospital Sharisa's father was clearing some vomit from her mouth and Sharisa kicked him. A social worker saw it and assumed he must have been abusing her. She has since been removed from her father's care and denied her ability to communicate. She was then assessed as being incompetent and having an IQ of 47 because of her 'inability to communicate.' Next they put her in a nursing home for people with dementia and now she's in a host home, she's only been allowed to see her Dad once since then. I would like to add that Sharisa is college educated, is the former president of Autcom and is a renowned activist for autistic rights. To declare her incompetent and strip her of her basic human rights is a travesty. That poor young woman must be confused and terrified. Please sign the petition. Let's make Jefferson County listen to us and give Sharisa her voice back. Sharisa's story: http://theautismwars.blogspot.com.au/2015/07/where-is-sharisa-joy-kochmeister-autism.html The petition: https://www.change.org/p/jefferson-county-human-services-department-give-sharisa-joy-kochmeister-her-voice-back
  16. So what do you think, can animals have asperger? I've been thinking about it the last month. My boyfriend's family often take care of four schnauzers sometimes at the weekends. Three of them are completely normal dogs, but one of them is different. She doesn't like to be touched that much, she doesn't want much contact with humans and other three dogs. She has problems with trusting people. I've seen her for the first time in October 2012, but in December 2013 was the first time i could touch her. It really made me think if animals can be autistic. Probably i'm just misinterprating things, but who knows, there might be possibility. Is there any evidence that animals can't be autistic? I was reading that apes can have autism, but this might be caused by the similarity in human and ape brain and DNA. They can experience angst and many of the same psychological problems as humans do. https://sfari.org/news-and-opinion/blog/2011/an-ape-with-autism If you want, you can read this article about a bonobo ape with autism.
  17. Out of curiosity: *What do you currently have in your area peeps; in regards to autism services in general? *What would you like to see in your area (want or need)? *Or what do you think will be most beneficial to you personally? *Are there any other thoughts or issues you can think of regarding the topic of services? These questions go out to everyone here! Could you please let me know (if you want to) the answers to these questions via PM? Thanks - much love xxx If I can get a project that works, I am happy to share the "model details" with others so that you can do the same (set up an initiative), if you wish to My motto at the moment is; "help one person, help humanity" I will of course; encourage everyone I meet to join Asperclick! The best community on the web I have already received very informative replies; which are brilliant. Thanks to those who have already participated.
  18. The man whose name would be used to label our 'condition' may now have passed on - having died in October 1980 - but if you ever had the chance to meet him would you have taken that chance? Hans was an Austrian pediatrician - born in February 18, 1906 on a farm outside Vienna (Austria's capital city). He was a man who, ironically, may have had the very condition his name would be given to. At an early age he showed special talents in language, and already in the first school years he was known for his frequent quotations of the Austrian national poet, Franz Grillparzer. He had difficulty finding friends and was considered to be "remote". In the youth movement of the 1920's, however, he met with some comrades with whom he maintained contact all through his life. He was conferred doctor of medicine in 1931 and assumed directorship of the play-pedagogic station at the university children's clinic in Vienna in 1932. He married in 1935 and had five children. From 1934 he was affiliated with the psychiatric clinic in Leipzig. Asperger published the first definition of Asperger Syndrome in 1944. In four boys, he identified a pattern of behavior and abilities that he called “autistic psychopathy,” meaning autism (self) and psychopathy (personality). The pattern included “a lack of empathy, little ability to form friendships, one-sided conversation, intense absorption in a special interest, and clumsy movements.” Asperger called children with AS “little professors,” because of their ability to talk about their favourite subject in great detail. Asperger showed a positive outlook towards the children - treating them sympathetically and been convinced that, despite their difficulties, many would use their special talents in adulthood. He followed one child, Fritz V., into adulthood. V. became a professor of astronomy and solved an error in Newton’s work he originally noticed as a child. During a time when Austria was occupied by the Nazis - who were intolerant to the disabled and sent such individuals to the concentration camps to be killed - Asperger's positive outlook and passionate defense of the value of autistic individuals was best shown in a paper he wrote, stating "We are convinced, then, that autistic people have their place in the organism of the social community. They fulfill their role well, perhaps better than anyone else could, and we are talking of people who as children had the greatest difficulties and caused untold worries to their care-givers.". Asperger's paper ultimately saved hundreds, if not thousands, of Autistic children from been sent to the camps. His paper was published during wartime and in German, so it was not widely read elsewhere. In the later part of World War II Asperger served as a soldier in Croatia. He was habilitated as a lecturer at the University of Vienna in 1944 and became director of the children's clinic in 1946. He became professor at the university children's clinic – the Universitäts-Kinderklinik – in Innsbruck in 1957, and from 1962 held the same tenure in Vienna. From 1964 he headed the medical station of the SOS-Kinderdörfer (SOS Children's villages) in Hinterbrühl. Asperger was became professor emeritus in 1977. He was working until the last, delivering a lecture six days prior to his death on October 21st. His work was later translated from German and published, with English researcher Lorna Wing (who passed away June 6th 2014) proposing the name 'Asperger Syndrome' for the condition Hans had been studying in her groundbreaking 1981 academic paper Asperger Syndrome: a Clinical Account. The term became popularized and later became a standard diagnosis in 1992 in the World Health Organization Manual - although it wasn't made a standard diagnosis in the American Psychiatric Association's manual (the DSM-IV) until 1994. Today, in the DSM-V, it has been labelled as been a less severe version of Autism but it still exists on its own in the World Health Organization Manual. Hans Asperger's birthday, February 18, was declared International Asperger's Day. --- If Hans Aspergers was alive and if the language barrier wasn't a problem, I would have definitely have loved to have met him, just to see what kind of man he was like. Now, where did I park my TARDIS?
  19. If you could image your Autism / Aspergers as a living creature, what would you imagine it as? This is just to get your imagination going and they're no right or wrong answers - we're all different. The animal/creature you image your Autism/Aspergers to be can be as real, mythological or made up as you want it to be. I'll go first, just to get us going. If I could image my Aspergers as been like any animal, I would imagine it as been like a Dragon. My reason been that dragons are a mix of contrasts that can blend together in unique and unlikely ways. They can be gentle or menacing, beautiful or scary, wise or naiive, etc. Their abilities, colours, personalities and be able to exist in so many different places - both in the physical planes and beyond.
  20. TriforceOfPower

    Pretending To Be Normal

    It's so draining to pretend to be normal. I feel like I'm wearing a mask, and I have to do this to pretty much everyone. When I'm alone, I usually just read a book or play with my cat and talk to her about my feelings. Do you guys have to do this? Any ways to cope?
  21. i feel like a lot of times people either think im cool or are freaked out by my based on what im into. a lot of my favorite films are cult films a lot of which are not exactly things most people know about, im into Mexican wrestling (Lucha Libre), and when i get into something even if its something normal i get unusually deeply into it. does anyone else have a similar experiance?
  22. Dr. Stephanie Seneff, research scientist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), made a dire prediction earlier this month during an event sponsored by the Groton Wellness organization. She said, Seneff was leading a presentation that showed a strong correlation between the increased use of Roundup starting in the early 1990’s and the rising number of autism diagnoses over the past three decades. In 1975, 1 in 5,000 children were diagnosed with autism. The current rate is 1 in 68, and it shows no sign of slowing down. “At today’s rate, by 2025, one in two children will be autistic.“ Roundup is a weed killer produced by Monsanto that contains glyphosate, a substance that has been shown to cause toxic side effects similar to those found in autism. Monsanto has also been producing genetically modified crops (GMOs) that are designed to withstand the effects of Roundup weed killer. The use of GMOs has come under fire in the United States during recent years. Dr. Seneff is a veteran researcher who has published several papers on the effects of nutritional deficiencies and environmental toxins. During her presentation, she explained how glyphosate kills beneficial gut bacteria and causes deficiencies in key minerals, including cobalt, iron, and manganese. Studies have shown that children with autism often have biomarkers indicative of excessive glyphosate, including zinc and iron deficiency, low serum sulfate, seizures, and mitochondrial disorder. Similar correlations between autism and glyphosate are also found in deaths caused by senility. She raised other frightening statistics, including studies that have shown that Americans have ten times the glyphosate accumulation as Europeans, and that glyphosate has been discovered in excessively high quantities in the breast milk of American mothers, as much as 760 to 1,600 the allowable limits in European drinking water. While it may be tempting to dismiss these findings as the extreme work of one researcher, it is important to note that Dr. Seneff is a respected scientist with an impressive background in research on nutritional deficiencies and the impact on environmental toxins. She has published 10 articles in various scientific journals, seven as head author, and she worked as a Senior Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. And while correlation does not necessarily indicate causation, the extremely high Pearson Correlation Coefficient score of 0.99 is difficult to ignore. This, combined with the extreme prevalence of foods containing GMOs that were likely treated with Roundup in the United States is enough to give anyone pause. Glyphosate can be found in soft drinks and candies sweetened by corn syrup, chips and cereals containing soy, and cattle and chicken fed soy. Basically, in the United States, it’s in just about any food that isn’t organic. Monsanto maintains that glyphosate and GMOs are safe, listing a series of studies on their website at http://www.monsanto.com/products/pages/roundup-safety-background-materials.aspx. To view the slides from Dr. Seneff’s presentation, follow this link http://people.csail.mit.edu/seneff/. Source Article: http://www.autismdailynewscast.com/warning-half-of-all-children-will-have-autism-by-2025/12873/laurel-joss/
  23. I moved this to a new thread because chit-chat is supposed to be a more light-hearted thread which I didn't want to fill with a debate. I agree that early exposure to social situations is important, and being exposed to the negative side of human nature is important too. However, when it comes to learning how to socialise, I really don't think the social dynamic of mainstream high school is a good thing to try and emulate. Simply put, it's just horrible. When I look at what goes on in my school, I see: Conformity being valued above all else, including moralityRejection of anyone who doesn't conform to the behaviour of the masses, no matter how immoral or illogical said behaviour isMockery of anyone who is different, even when different in a positive wayBoth intelligence and enthusiasm for learning being strongly disapproved of by the majority Perfectly intelligent people going out of their way to appear to be stupid, just to "fit in" with the massesUtterly insane and totally unnecessary psychological games being played by girls rather than attempts to find true friendshipBroken friendships, where banter goes on to the extent that no support is given and people only know each other's personas, not their true personalitiesAggression and violence being viewed as the only way to solve conflictsPeople being unable to take anything at all seriouslyThe "elite" having a good time at other people's expense, and this being viewed as both acceptable and necessaryPeople being consistently rude and two-faced towards anyone who isn't in their "friendship group" who so much as asks them a qustionPeople making assumptions about people based on utterly irrelevant factors such as body languageConsistent prejudice against people with disabilitiesNow, my question is this: In what way would emulating this behaviour be good for an Autistic person, particularly one with a desire to become a better human being? All of the above are terrible things in my book, and if I were to use any of that as a basis for self-improvement, that'd make me a bad person. As I said, I agree with the idea that exposure to social situations is important, but to attempt to learn anything other than just how ... shit people can be from the behaviour of people in a high school is not a good idea. Over the next few months, I look forward to trying out new social situations, such as college and a new ASD social group. I look forward to communicating with people who are actually worthy of my acknowledgement in a sincere and meaningful way. Other than providing a dose of reality by showing just how awful people can be, there are no social benefits to being in a high school environment. Getting used to social situations is important, but not in such a negative, uncivilised environment.
  24. I'm not planning to tell my employers about my condition. I was just wondering what people thought about this question. Should you disclose your Aspergers to an employer. In my case, I probably should, having Aspergers weakens my ability to do my job in certain aspects, such as communication, social skills and often competency, I have a feeling they're already aware of my disability (or at least know I'm different), but I haven't said anything, and neither have they. Also, when applying for jobs, I tend to fiddle with the 'Do you consider yourself to have a disability' check box, with some applications, I tick it and others, I don't, because I believe I have a higher chance of getting the job if I say I don't. When I say applying for jobs, these are only retail jobs, and I've been in retail for 3 years, so I can handle whatever they may throw at me (I'd like to think I could).
  25. I just thought that I might share this Autism West Midlands campaign that I find quite interesting. I was on a bus a couple of days ago, going to school, and a banner caught my eye. The only word I could catch was "Autism". I was a little curious to know what it actually was, so today I was getting the bus home from the city centre and I saw it again whilst the bus was waiting at a red light. It was an Autism West Midlands campaign poster with the writing, "Autism is only a part of me" and a picture of a woman with Asperger's. I've recently looked this up on the Autism West Midlands website and found all of the posters that they have made to help people understand autism a little better. Here is the webpage containing the posters and also videos of every person in their campaign talking about their likes, dislikes and how autism affects them and then how it would help them if people were more autism aware: http://www.autismwestmidlands.org.uk/aware/content/935565/the_campaign/ What do you think of this? I think it's rather good and useful. (Also here's the actual poster that I saw near my house.)

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