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How and when did you know what you were going to do?
Was it a family tradition? Grandparents, parents being Doctors, scientists and so on?
Was it a diagnosis helping you to understand your particular strengths and where you excel?
Was it born from a special interest?
Is there anyone on site that knew; through school, what they were going to do?
I can now, having done Martial Arts but I didn't used to be able to. I'm right handed, so when I was doing Karate up to about 6 years ago, I was always best in left leg stances doing right hand punches/right leg kicks.
I suppose in a way you could say I'm ambidextrous, because I can kind of use both hands, as I'm doing right now typing this.
So how about you guys? Are you left or right handed? And can you tell either way?
I’ve read and talked with others about sleep and being on the spectrum. In fact, I have some friends whose daughter has Autism and is nonverbal. They said that she would stay awake all night and maybe sleep sporadically during the day. She is in her late teens now and seems to have developed a pattern for sleeping, which is part of her routine.
I am curious about others on this broad spectrum if you have/had difficulty sleeping. Was it as a child, as an adult, or an ongoing issue that has carried over from childhood to adulthood?
As for me, I have never slept through an entire night. I recall as a child waking up in the middle of the night several times and laying in the dim room watching the old GE oscillating fan go back and forth. That was before central air conditioning was in every home.
As an adult I still have difficulty. When I was in boot camp, even with the rigorous exhausting training, I would not sleep through the night. As a man rapidly approaching the...
This article was co-written by Adeline Lacroix, who works with Fabienne Cazalis and was recently diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. A second year master’s student in psychology, she is working on a scientific literature review about the characteristics of high-functioning autistic women.
Let’s call her Sophie. The description we’ll give could be that of any woman who is on the autistic spectrum without knowing it. Because they’re intelligent and used to compensating for communication impediments they may not be consciously aware of, these women slip through the cracks of our still-too-inefficient diagnostic procedures.
Studies reveal one woman for every nine men is diagnosed with so-called “high-functioning” autism, that is, autism without intellectual disability. If we compare this to the one woman for every four men diagnosed with the more readily identified “low-functioning” autism, we can easily imagine many autistic women are left undiagnosed.
Today, Sophie, who lives in...
The subject of whether or not those on the spectrum should receive special treatment or privilege has been discussed and debated in other threads and even in the media. I thought it would be interesting to open a dialogue for those on the spectrum to see where others stand on the subject, as it is one that has an impact on all of us despite our age, sex, where we live, etc.
I was just reminded by something I just saw.
A friend posted a vintage photo of Niagara Falls, and reminded me of when I lived in Ontario between 2000 and 2003, several times I drove through the Niagara Falls region and never once stopped to look at the falls.
You see I was always on my way to a classic car show in the United States, must have priorities! On my way to take a few photos, and enjoy myself looking at old cars.
I never did make it to Niagara Falls when I wasn't going to a car show, then simply moved back to Alberta again. In the meantime, I have lots of vintage photos in my collection of them.
Should I take a text to be offensive at times? I would text some people to have a converstation and in the last minute I never hear from him or her again. I feel like I had said something stupid or the person just starts to hate me for no reason. I also feel like iam bothering people when iam texting and that's why I don't do it as much because again I feel like a nuisance to people.
Let me get to the point now. I have been talking to this new friend I have made with who is also going to A&M for two weeks. I don't talk to her everyday because iam trying to respect her boundaries. She would talk to me first and see how iam doing but when I try to have a conversation with her I don't here again until a few hours later I know I felt like I have been annoying or said something stupid. I've had people to where they will never talk to me no more Am I doing something wrong because it dosent seem to matter how respectful of a person iam anymore.
I thought I had made a true friend...
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