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  1. 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
  2. An Autism/Aspergers alert card for you to carry around. The idea is that if you get a bit overwhelmed or you aren't able to get your point across etc, when you're out and about in public, you can hand this card over and it will just go some way to explain why you're flapping and struggling to breathe! It's also very useful from a safety and security point of view for places like airports/train stations and big cities, and to show to police etc.

    As you can see, it's got the WillowHope colour scheme etc, so it's not dull. I tried to make it a bit more 'funky' etc. than the usual ones.

    The card is the size and thickness of a credit/debit card, made entirely from plastic, with a gloss finish, so will be durable and easy to store in your purse/wallet or even in an ID card lanyard.

    Text reads:

    Front:

    "I have an Autistic Spectrum Disorder

    Please read the back of this card...

    ...thank you, I really appreciate it!"

    Back:

    "Please take the time to understand that...

    I might struggle to tell you what I need because I can become easily overwhelmed in a social or public environment.

    It might seem like I am acting strange but the movements I make are probably just part of me trying to cope and stay calm.

    I don't like to be touched, most of all unexpectedly, so whilst it might be your reaction to help calm me down, it will likely make things worse.

    I am a unique human being and deserve the respect you show everyone else.

    Also...don’t take advantage of me. I’m not stupid, I’m just anxious."

    1.50 GBP

  3. I don't know if anyone else gets this sometimes but I get intimidated by other peoples friends. I guess it's a form of jealousy? I think it's because once I make a friend I really want to keep them and I don't understand the dynamics on different types of friendship. Especially when that other friend, in my eyes, is a much more interesting person than I am and I read into it and think my friend likes them more. I remember this girl at school (I had a crush on her too so that probably didn't help matters!) we became really close friends and she would invite me over to her house and it would be so nice. We'd watch movies and talk about loads off stuff. Then one night she was like "Shall we invite Nicola over?". This was a friend she had grown up with and was her best friend. Then when she came over the whole atmosphere changed and suddenly I felt like a third wheel as such. Both of them acted different towards each other and towards me. I didn't like it. I thought I was getting to that "best friend zone" but it turned out that I wasn't even close! Don't get me wrong, I'm not psycho jealous or anything. I'm never horrible about it and I'm certainly never horrible to people's friends. I'm really polite and most of the time my friend's friends are mine too. But there are just times where it physically hurts because I just really crave a friendship like that with someone. I think it's because the only person I have ever had that kind of friendship with doesn't live near me and I miss her. I never had that same friendship with anyone since because where I moved away and met new people, they already had friends that they had grown up with. Now my best friend doesn't really stay in touch a lot and I struggle Moving around schools as a kid just did a lot of damage in general. There's only one other person I know who has moved house 14-15 times like I have and I've met her on here! The chances! Isn't that awesome?
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