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Imagine a town. It has a population of 10,000 people. It has a fire brigade, a police force, a council, a train station, a bus station, shops, banks, churches, pubs, clubs, parks, street cleaners, schools, housing estates and pretty much all the usual infrastructure of the average town. But this town is different to any other town. This town is populated entirely by people on the spectrum. First thing first, what would such a town be like? What would the living conditions be like? How about the working conditions? In this town every manager and every director would have asperger's or autism. Every worker would also have autism. One day however a man called Tom comes to the town. Tom is different to every person in this town. He is Neuro Typical and doesn't have autism. What would Tom's experience be? He needs a job and looks through the local newspaper. He applies. He gets an interview. How would his interview go? If he got the job how would his job go? Years pass by and one day the valley in which the town is situated is due to be filled with water because a city with 200,000 Neuro Typical people 50 miles away needs more water. The whole town is due for evacuation. What would the reaction be? How would the people of this town cope with having to move, having to leave their home town?
Which symptoms (or traits) of Asperger's Syndrome do you struggle with the most? For me, it's not being able to understand certain instructions, and not being able to understand humor, they really affect my interactions with people and make me feel insecure, because of this, I'm never fully sure what I'm meant to say, or how to reply to things, and is just really awkward
So, I need some advice. My niece is six years old and I'm pretty certain she is on the spectrum. She also has difficulty listening to people and staying focused (possibly ADD?). My sister has taken her to the doctors one before and her case was referred to CAMHS but the case got rejected. She approached her school and is supposed to be receiving emotional literacy support(?) but nothing has really come from that. My sister has gone back to her GP a couple of times and is awaiting a call from them regarding help for her. I really would like to do something for my niece, as I feel I understand her more than anyone else. My sister often tells me that my niece reminds her of me so much. We share very similar traits. I'm also undergoing assessment regarding Aspergers. Due to her lack of concentration, it's really hard to talk to her, she also can't write well, so asking her to write down her feelings is out of the question. I managed to get some information from her today at a family party after a meltdown regarding another family member and my nieces small teddy bear - she told me she doesn't like people touching her things (I also get like this) and being with lots of people is sometimes 'scary' and makes her upset - which I interpreted as she gets 'overwhelmed' (totally get like this too). My sister said she is easily bored but absolutely loves crafts and it's the only thing that keeps her focused. She also doesn't talk sometimes and communicates by pointing and the 'thumbs up/down' hand gesture. She also 'takes' things from school like small plastic gems and the plastic blocks they use for counting which she has got in to trouble for. I was just wondering if anyone could offer any advice on how I can help her? Is there any other way I can get her to share her feelings? I just feel so helpless, like there is nothing I can do for her. It's heartbreaking because she is such a polite little girl and is so grateful for everything yet she thinks that no one loves her. It's almost like she feels not good enough. I can't afford to take her to any classes and neither can her mother, but I just want to do something to help her as I feel I understand her so well, yet I also feel like there is nothing I can do.