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Spotify/google play music playlist called SameTunes - add individual tracks as they become your "samemusic", and play on repeat all day and forever. Weed out tunes as they start making you sick.
Google Keep or Evernote used as an extension of your memory. Put everything in here that needs to be remembered as it crosses your mind.
Buy clothes of one certain style for a certain occasion, to stop getting confused about what to wear. Don't waste decision powers over trivialities like clothes.
More, more, more!!!
Imagine we all lived in a 100km radius, and transport is not an issue, would you go to an event just for all of us?
I think I would as it would be great to meet everyone face to face, but it would be daunting to have so many people in one place, all with weird eye contact
I'm in my thirties and I still read comic books and write fan fiction. I originally went to school with the intent of becoming a writer. Too bad no one told me I would need more than an English degree. I also got a degree in Education, so I'm teaching middle school (really, trying to teach, and I usually feel completely out of my element and too new even though I've been at it for a few months already).
Things are better than they were. I was working at a youth center in Alabama, and things weren't great; the kids were terrible, the pay was low, and superstition was starting to really get to me.
I feel like I've wasted my life, though. I feel too old to be obsessed with comics, and I wish I could either do something productive with it or stop.
I'm also amazed at what it takes just to do a job properly, and I wonder how people even develop these skills. My mentor teacher (I guess that's who she is) has set up an organization system for me that's supposed to help me keep...
I live in the United States. I was diagnosed under the ICD-10 criteria for Asperger's syndrome rather than the DSM-V criteria for ASD, in this year, 2017.
I'm trying to figure out why this is. At the time she simply said that the ICD is 'what we use' but I don't know if that makes sense. Maybe I am just paranoid but I can't help but wonder if she just thinks that being diagnosed will help me out but that I don't actually meet the requirements.
I have always scored high for autism on all the online tests and I relate best to the experiences of other spectrumites. I geuss I am just ranting because I feel like the ICD-10 criteria are less legitimate. At least in the US it seems strange to do it tht way.
So I recently read this blog (The Asperger’s / autism spectrum ~ the next evolutionary step?), and it raised some interesting points. What if aspergers was the next step in evolution? But I'm a little more interested in the society.
If we had a society where the autics and aspies were the majority, and our traits were encouraged, and the neurotypical were the ones trying to fit it, what would this society look like? Has a society like this ever happened? Are there currently being developed? How would our differences from normal people serve us in society and change our society?
If there were a society like this how many people would be interested? Where we wouldn't have to hide or fit in. How would this effect our confidence, and our behavior that has resulted from generally being not as supported by society? Perhaps if this was just seen as a retreat for a little while before returning to our usual homes?
I'm just interested in this topic in general if anyone has something to...
One of the things I like about this forum is that we are allowed to get things off our chest (usually) without (too many) repercussions. So here goes:
I can't stand the term "special interest." It sounds so condescending, like we are barely capable of functioning as humans — as if our existence is to be merely tolerated:
"Oh, don't mind Billy Bob. His special interest is shiny things. I just wish he didn't get so worked up about them. He just goes on and on, especially when he attaches one to a string and spins it. I'm really at my wit's end about the whole thing."
I much prefer using the term "passion." It makes it seem that we have attained a level of profundity that is to be admired by others:
"Wow, Billy Bob! You are really into shiny things! How did that become your passion? And I love how that one you've attached to a string makes those cool reflections on the wall when you spin it. It's like a disco ball!"
I know I shouldn't get worked up about it, but I do sometimes....
I have been thinking a lot about why therapy hasn't been much help to me. Every time I try therapy I get the same suggestions, generally vague and lots of CBT. The usual body relaxation and breathing techniques. None of it has worked at all, though the Prozac makes some difference.
Today, actually right now, I am dealing with a phone call to Bank of America trying to get them to understand that my aunt has died (they have been sent 4 copies of the death certificate so far) and did not request a home loan. Staying calm in such situations has been pretty much impossible for me in the past but I am determined to learn to be a calmer person. Right now I am sweaty but have not freaked out and yelled or hung up. Not even with the automated voice person. I'm crediting singing the song Hurt by Nine Inch Nails, (covered beautifully by Johnny Cash), before I made the phone call. I am continuing to sing it as needed in a barely audible way while on hold. No, of course no therapist ever...
Hello, I was diagnosed with ASD (level 1) a couple of years ago at the age of 47. Since then, my wife (NT) periodically assumes that others in my family might have it as well. So, I compiled a list of 23 common symptoms and attributes that I feel myself and most Aspies can relate to. If whoever she has in mind does not possess at least some or most of these qualities or characteristics, then they are probably not on the spectrum. Maybe this list will help others decide if they or someone they know are actually on the spectrum or not.
A person with Autism Spectrum Disorder typically:
1. Has sensory overload issues and therefore dislikes any loud or unexpected sound or bright lighting.
2. Is sensitive to stimulants.
3. Has a strong preference for isolation and privacy and little interest in close relationships with most people.
4. Deals with anxiety on almost an everyday basis.
5. Is uncomfortable in social situations and avoids small talk with most people. Conversations and...
So, a few days ago I was reading an article online about the various "funny" things parents have done to tease their kids or to teach them a lesson when they were bad on Buzzfeed. While some of the things listed were genuinely funny, I got really upset when I got to the comments section and came across someone talking about how if and when they came home hungover as a teen, their mother would force them to eat to the point that they would get nauseous, and then laugh in their face while they ran to the bathroom and vomited. The worst part about it was how almost all of the responses that person received were applauding their mother's parenting skills, even calling her "awesome." In my opinion, what the mother did is a clear example of child abuse and it kind of made my stomach turn in anger just reading about it.
I don't know why this got to me so much, nothing like that has ever happened to me before and I grew up in a loving, supportive home. It just... sickens me that there...
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