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Another possible reason the US has gone "full spectrum" and I am really a High Functioning Autistic:
The publication of a new history of autism called In a Different Key, by John Donvan and Caren Zucker, has reopened an unsettling question about the pioneering Viennese pediatrician Hans Asperger: Was he a Nazi sympathizer, or a man who paid lip service to his bosses' murderous ideology in order to save the lives of as many of his young patients as possible?
Was Dr. Asperger A Nazi? The Question Still Haunts Autism
I am currently reading the book referenced here, which is heartbreaking and fascinating. I did not know that Dr. Asperger's bona fides were in question before he got the honor of getting a syndrome named after him. It is undeniable he worked with, and for, Nazis.
In Donvan and Zucker's view, Asperger was an ambitious opportunist who uncritically spouted Nazi ideology in his first public lecture on autism in 1938, and enthusiastically signed letters "Heil Hitler!" Most...
My brother put my rebounder together for me, and I bounced for ten minutes. It was highly enjoyable! In fact I was surprised how it made me feel better at the end of a day where I was feeling not too good.
It is 40 inches across and supported with bungies, so it is also quiet and stable.
It is all part of sensory support, and while one of these days I would love to have a swing, I am very happy with this. It is stable, I bounce and “walk” without letting my feet leave the surface, and so my husband’s worries about me bouncing off it into the wall or something should be alleviated.
Considering what a cold and messy winter we have been having, it should be an excellent way for me to have some exercise, too.
(Not written by me)
AUSTIN (Nexstar) - A new public service announcement was unveiled urging drivers with autism to consider applying for a note on their driver’s license that informs law enforcement about potential interaction challenges. The video message informs Texans about the “communication impediment” restriction code.
Samuel Allen, who is on the autism spectrum, said having the marker on his driver’s license feels “like a big safety net,” and makes him more comfortable when he gets in his car.
“If I showed [it] to the officer, they are going to know that I have autism or some kind of impediment that will keep me from communicating properly with the officer,” Allen explained.
Legislation was passed in the last session that took effect in September, allowing brochures and posters highlighting the “communication impediment” code, in large part due to work done by Aspergers101, which Allen’s mother Jennifer founded.
“I’m just a mom of a son with autism that I want him to be...
I work on one thing at a time in my general quest to be a better, nicer, more likable person, and this week I feel like working on my complimenting skills. I feel like I'm still a bit awkward when I try to pay someone a compliment.
I'm not very good at giving compliments because I don't have much practice. Insincere compliments were used to bully me, and I'm sure we all know about that type of compliment, but I'm trying to get good at giving sincere compliments that make people feel good about themselves.
So my questions are: What are the social rules as you know them that govern the paying of compliments? Do you have any tips or nuggets of wisdom regarding compliments? Do's, don'ts, and sometimeses?
Any and all input on the subject is appreciated. Thank you!
I decide to add 'properly' in the title cause my major problem is what I should say when others ask me a non-scientific question.
For example, people ask me questions like "What's your fav 'insert whatever'?" I would tend to figure out why they would ask me those questions first then I'd give them relatively proper answers and yet it still confuses me. I need a reason to reply them a single question. If they want to know me better or ramble on about anything or find something they can relate to me or... I could assume lots of possibility trying to make sense, it still doesn't matter. I feel like I'm cheating on them, I manipulate or calculate what I would reply. I find their question pretty weird, at least, for me.
Yesterday I was chatting with my aunt. She asked me a question "imagine if there are lots of food you love on the table, which one would you eat first?"
I replied her without thinking(manipulating) "I would distinguish the types of food first, eat those perishable...
Hi, I'm new and I haven't introduced myself. I may do later, but for now, I'd just like to ask this.
Firstly, what I mean by this. I'm not talking about stereotypes/misconceptions of autism spectrum conditions here, I'm talking about real people, on- or offline. I'm also not doubting my diagnosis, or the diagnosis of others, or trying to insult anyone. I know there's huge variation within the spectrum, which is what I'd like to hear from others about.
Through reading/watching/listening about autism spectrum conditions, and from interacting with others with autism spectrum conditions, I've noticed ways I'm completely the opposite to others also on the spectrum. I decided to make note of these, which I'll now share. It'd be interesting to hear what ways you've felt opposite to others with autism spectrum conditions.
Note: by "others", I'm not sure what a better way of wording it would be, but I mean how I am one way and at least one person on the spectrum has been an opposite way....
I am going to be more social this year. I am tired of living in a world of depression.
Whenever you go out into a social setting ie. a church or a get-together with people you want to become acquainted with: do you tell them right off the bat that you are an aspie?
or do you try and fit in as best you can. In the past, I have never told people because I didn't know myself that I was a high functioning autistic guy. People always thought I was just stupid.
What are your personal experiences with this?
My anxiety over making eye contact is somehow so bad that when people pick up on it, they avoid eye contact with me also. Once this is established, interaction becomes painfully awkward. It can make people actually dislike me, especially co-workers, which is a problem.
I'm not even sure how to handle this problem. Maybe it's just anxiety that is the root of the problem? Or, should I just focus on learning appropriate conduct with eye contact? I'm not sure.
For example, I gather that when talking to someone for several minutes, you don't just stare at their eyes the ENTIRE time. But when is it appropriate to look at them? What are the cues? Need help
I've always thought of myself as being a very independent minded person, with my own, critical mind, not easily influenced by other people. I've never really felt the need to do something, or have a certain opinion just because my peers do, and have never been able to relate to this kind of mentailty. For example, I've never understood the idea that people start smoking just because their friends are and they feel pressure to join in - I just don't feel this need to join in and to my mind, smoking smells, is addictive, expensive and can have unpleasant side effects, so it makes no sense to me to start smoking. Likewise, I would never like, or pretend to like a certain kind of music just because it was popular or my friends like it.
And yet, on this site and others, if I come across a post with a lot of karma given, a lot of 'winner' karma for example, I definitely feel a bit of pressure not to stand out from the crowd by giving a different kind of karma. Could this be the result...
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