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The government is increasing its estimate of how many children have autism to 1 in 68. That's a 30% jump from the last estimate of 1 in 88 children with autism or a related disorder.
But health officials say the new number may not mean autism is occurring more often. Much of the increase is believed to be from a cultural and medical shift, with doctors diagnosing autism more frequently, especially in children with milder problems.
There are no medical tests for autism, so diagnosis is not an exact science. It's identified by a child's behavior.
This latest estimate by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention means autism affects roughly 1.2 million U.S. children and teens.
Thursday's report is considered the most comprehensive on the frequency of autism. (AP)
I don't know about everyone else, but from time to time, I find myself thinking of the past. Sometimes it's good, and sometimes it's bad. Sometimes it's the littlest things, which meant nothing at the time, and sometimes it meant everything in the world to you. Sometimes I remember something that happened during my childhood years, and sometimes it's simply something memorable that occurred just the other day; yet I can't stop myself from thinking about it. Occasionally though, there's no one to share these thoughts with.
I thought I'd start this thread for anyone wanting to share a memory of their past, which they hold close to their heart. It can be sweet, awkward, funny, or perhaps even a little sad; any cherished memory, which you've deemed worthy of holding on to. One that can often cause you to get lost in your thoughts, while you you sit there, smiling to yourself.
Hello My name is Aleksander, also known as AspieDenmark. I would like to start a thread to get abit better knowledge on what you feel is the hardest part of having Asperger's syndrome and what actually benefits you of having Asperger's Syndrome.
My personal worst experience with having asperger's syndrome:
Waking up in the morning, getting threated like crap and my whole day is ruined.
My personal gift of Asperger's syndrome:
Being able to self learn things very quickly.
I'm just writing this as yet again i'm suffering from discrimination at work... Why Oh Why Is it happening to ME AGAIN!!!! :furious:
First it was Mencap- in a carehome i was working in - and they just didnt understand my problems- this was almost 2 years ago now! i was there 4 months and then forced to walk in the end... and now... i'm stuck at Poundworld and having similar Problems - i think its the companies fault though now - as they are constently having a go at me, making accuations which just AREN'T True... and giving me hours which are ALL over the place and then change it without telling me!!! Grrr :furious:
I have an advocate but my manager wont let them come in... so my advocate and my self have had to contact HR our selves and get a meeting sorted... I just HOPE beyound believe that this HR Lady will get a meeting sorted - so that i can have a better time at work... otherwise if nothing is sorted - i'm outa there.
Has anyone else suffered from...
I have aspergers syndrome, high functioning variety, and well, I want to join the Marines, and I want to know from others, is this an unusual want from someone with Aspergers? Do you know the Military's policy on this? Will I be automaticly rejected? I'm not like, stupid you know, you should know this, I just have a problem interacting with people, but, I can follow instructions, and I am working on my body, I've been loosing weight by riding my bike, I guess what I want to know is, is this a possible dream? Will I actually be able to do this?
My daughter is 11 and she has been diagnosed with aspergers since she was 7. The last 8 months she has been afraid of eyes watching her or looking at her. She will turn dolls around and scratch out eyes in drawings in her workbooks. She tells me that she fells like everyone is watching her. I have her seeing a counselor and she wont open up to her or any other one I have taken her to. At my daughters first appointment she became upset and the counselor and the counselor was looking at her and my daughter screamed at her " stop looking at me" and then began to cry and wanted to leave. She is almost always pretty mellow and this is not like her at all. I am wondering if I need to be worried or talk to her doctor or is this something normal?
Tonight I had a first date with a man who disclosed to me on the date that he has Autism. I asked him if it was Asperger's syndrome and he said he didn't know. He is functional, drives and lives alone so Asperger's seemed like a likely fit. He misses social cues and social rules (like if you need to talk during a movie you use a hushed voice) but he isn't withdrawn or introverted. He talked a lot and fast, telling me that he also has ADHD.
I like him and want to go out with him again. I am trying to figure out how best to keep things comfortable and not awkward. Any ideas?
I understand that a few of us are either unemployed, or under-employed and under-paid in whatever jobs we may do, especially menial jobs, despite our skills.
Feel free to share with us your experiences, as well as your thoughts on being underemployed/unemployed.
St. Petersburg, Fla. - A fifth-grade student with autism is being called a hero, after he stepped in to help a diabetic teacher's aide whose blood sugar levels were dangerously low.
On the morning of February 21st, 11-year-old Michael Dupuis was with Audrey McCaulsky, a teacher's aide at New Heights Elementary School in St. Petersburg. When the two sat down for breakfast in the cafeteria, Michael noticed that something was very wrong with Audrey.
"She was sweating and getting...
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