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Above an extract from "Living Skins" where the Tomorrow People encounter the new, bubble skin jump-suits.
"Некоторые считают, что каждый человек с синдромом Аспергера обладает какой-либо феноменальной способностью."
"Some people consider that everyone who has Asperger Syndrome has some sort of special powers."

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Sanctuary

I really like the 1970s "Tomorrow People" series as well. The show had a really interesting concept. One of the best stories with a link to Russia is "The Dirtiest Business" about a young Russian telepath who tries to escape as the authorities want to use her as a spy. The show makes a lot of how the authorities would like to use the Tomorrow People as weapons of war but they refuse and insist on non-violence.

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Dr-David-Banner

I had to laugh at the Hitler's Lost Children episode where Hitler is brought back to life. The kids who are Tomorrow People are clearly as NT as it gets but the London accents struck me too. Mike says "I don't wanna be a Nartsi!" As I recall he was in the boy band Flintlock as well as being in Tomorrow People.
I was puzzling a lot as to whether people on the spectrum really are Tomorrow People or simply defective due to all the negative symptoms. I am so curious about this I'm doing a kind of experiment to find out more.

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I got a nice welcome on the Russian AS site. They are all mothers with Asperger children and they tell me there is little support for adult Aspies. I introduced myself as an adult and willing to help advise on AS generally. Maybe we will use English a bit too as it takes me ages to type Russian script as I don't have bilingual keys to type on. I want to find out too if there are less students of Russian now from English speaking countries. My guess is Russian will be studied more in China and the Middle East. I figure it's lost ground in the UK but I don't mind being a bit different.

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Dr-David-Banner

Met a Russian mother whose young son is a human computer with behavioural problems. At a young age he's into astronomy and anatomy. Also programming and very high English grades. He's been bullied out of the school so his mother has to now bring in home tutors. The young boy also has fits of rage and withdraws. So, they ask me was it the same for me at school and really it wasn't. I did very poorly at school. From what I gather her son may either have very high intellect, may be Aspergic or maybe a mix of the two. One expert wrote gifted children show identical traits to AS but may normalise if they're put into a specialist school. That is for genius children. I wouldn't dare say on the site but Russia always seemed to me backward but also producing great writers, musicians, artists and inventors. Another thing I feel about Russia is all the academics seem to function in institutions, academies and societies. Doctorates are as common as beautiful women. They asked me what qualifies me to speak about AS but do years of struggle add to my curriculum? .

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11 hours ago, Dr-David-Banner said:

They asked me what qualifies me to speak about AS but do years of struggle add to my curriculum?

Anyone who has AS is qualified to speak about it.

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Dr-David-Banner

The moderator asked me to change my profile tick box to tick "adult with AS" as opposed to "Spetsialist" which I had ticked on registering. I only did that as I approach the subject from a different perspective based on my years of struggles. However, I was fine with de-selecting the box and then selecting "adult with AS". I understood where there are children they feel safer to know who are the various analysts and who are the diagnosed adults or parents. However I don't know how I could explain my self diagnosis. They don't know I only last had psychollogy treatment in 1986, before AS existed in the UK. In Russia self diagnosis is accepted (there's no official adult diagnosis). The problem is I don't quite accept AS is one disorder but more a general lumping together of people whose symptoms may vary a lot. I think mine vary enormously although I do have the core symptoms too. I now simply diagnosed myself as autistic with "probable" HFA. Anyway where the kids are concerned I can forward the official AS tests and resources.

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Dr-David-Banner

I'm listed as "Синдром дефицита внимания и гиперактивности" or СДВГ (attention deficit) It's the most recent diagnosis.

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Dr-David-Banner

Hmnnmn, the mothers certainly don't pull punches. Some want the discussions to switch to English. One of the mothers has a high functioning autistic son who evidently constructs sentences like me. So she thought I was her son and had joined to "infiltrate" for fun. I don't doubt my Russian will be a bit odd for them but I need to practise too!! I think the best option is a 50/50 mix. Odd thing is the mothers speak weird trendy Russian you'd use in real life. Mine is derived from books on Perestroika where I picked up old words and use of participles (bookish format). Funny though how her AS son shares my sentence structure. Maybe he reads a lot of old books and listens poorly to spoken language.

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When I first discovered AS forums, I dabbled with French ones, but they seemed quite small and all discussion seemed very academic or serious, nothing fun. I know AS is serious business but I think its fairly relaxed on here. I just found a couple of French ones tonight due to this topic, still a bit more serious than here, but I enjoy reading the terms Aspergers, Aspie and NT falling in the middle of sentences constructed in French :)

As for Russian, I know nothing of the Russian Aspie scene, though I'm not surprised by its less accepting stance. France I've heard has very strange views on Autism. I remember on my year abroad being quite bewildered there. I guess the classes were fine even if I mostly stayed quiet, but I lost my work placement apparently for not fitting socially, and its not as if I didn't say hello or ask for more work to do etc, but it seems required to act in an outgoing way a lot. I never forget the two sisters who never seemed to instigate the required cheek kissing rituals. I did later wonder if they were Aspie. I guess NTs can usually at least put on a mask and pretend to be socially confident.

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