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Asperger's & Autism Forum
Hello All -
I am posting in the hope of gathering insight/ideas into where to go with my 18 month old daughter. I know a diagnosis cannot be confirmed or denied via an Internet forum, but she has a mix of symptoms that I've never seen or heard of before and I am reaching out to see if this sounds like anyone else, and if so what treatments were utilized and what the outcomes were. I should add that I live in a fairly rural area in the Midwest so there aren't a lot of assessment or treatment resources in this area. We visited our pediatrician when she was 15 months old and he administered an MCHAT and said she was at risk for autism. In some ways autism seems to describe her perfectly, in other ways it sounds nothing like her. Here is a brief description.
What sounds/looks like autism:
Not speaking. Makes sounds and is very vocal, but nothing resembling words other than noises like "hey" or "yay" with no context.
Generally, social engagement is low. She rarely seeks people out...
About a year and a half ago my boyfriend was diagnosed with mild Asperger's, which is what he told me. He is 24 and I am 25 years old. We have been together for 6 years and we have had ups and downs in our relationship, of course.
During the rough times he has done detrimental things like lying about his whereabouts, getting really drunk and staying out till 4 am multiple times, talking suggestively to girls behind my back via text, and secretly hanging out with his ex behind my back even though we are still together. He would lash out and call me derogatory names, etc. He lies a LOT about things big and small, and he recently owned up to being a compulsive liar. He apologizes about his behavior but it is worrisome for me because he has a history of repeating these negative behaviors. Its caused me horrible paranoia and trust issues, depression as well.
He tends to be emotionally turbulent and irrational during the worst of times, but I have always been pretty...
I notice a strong common trend among people with asperger syndrome is hatred towards sports. In fact its so common among aspies of different traits and scaling in the autism spectrum to the point I would even classify it as universal (minus VERY RARE exceptions).
Not just sports but even for the most sport physical activities in general including non-competitive ones such as hiking. In particular I notice in particular mainstream spectator sports such as soccer, baseball, basketball, and so on are most hated by people with asperger syndrome.
However strangely I also notice people with asperger syndrome often tend to big into martial arts if they are at all into sports and (obviously) much of the brainy sports with minimal physical activity such as chess and e-gaming (debatable if its a sports) tend to be dominated by aspies or have its fandoms consist largely of aspies.
Why is this? In particular why does martial arts tend to be the only physical sport that attract a large...
I went to a lecture for work today at an auditorium that I frequently go to for these types of events. I record these lectures so that I can quote the the lecturers properly when I write an event wrap-up story. I have found a seat in this auditorium that is not only ideal for recording (it's right underneath a ceiling loudspeaker) but is in the back row so that I don’t have to interact with people. I got there early so that my usual seat would still be available, but someone had already taken it. I hesitated, but went ahead and sat two seats away from her that was still close enough to the loudspeaker to get a good recording. She asked me, “may I help you?” I wasn’t sure what to say, but I explained that I needed to be near the speaker. She asked, “isn’t there another speaker somewhere else?” I then realized that she felt she had the right to not only be by herself but to keep others away from that area even though it was a public lecture. I said, “Well, you’re sitting in my seat,”...
Hello everyone! I'm a professional dog trainer and Registered Nurse. I have grown up around many people with autism or spectrum disorders. My mother and two sisters work with children with autism every single day as therapists. I was wondering what the demand is for service dogs, how you all feel about them, what you would like to see with them, etc. I was thinking of starting some training for autism service dogs, but want to get an idea of what you all would want or need. Any information is greatly appreicated!!
I used to read forums here and there where the kid from The Never Ending Story had Asperger's. I asked my mom what she thought about the theory and she said no, "Because he isn't mean. Autistics are mean, like you."
I had always been told I was "mean". Yes, I was aggressive because I HAD to be in order to survive. No one would do anything when I reported bullying except tell me it was MY fault. Eventually, I had figured that ANYONE who approached me had negative intentions in mind and I figured I had better have the first hand before they tried to start anything. So even if the other kid was really just asking if I wanted to play or something, I didn't want to take chances and I would hit them to make them go away and leave me alone. Some kids were smart and learned not to approach me, others weren't and even a few teachers got bit. But my mom also claims that I was a "mean baby". So even before I had to learn to defend myself, I was "mean". So are autistic people just "mean"...
Do you think that you would have had a different personality if you didn't have ASD? This is something I've been wondering about recently - whether I would have the same personality if I'd been born NT, or whether I'd be a completely different kind of person. Perhaps I'd be more confident, more outgoing, and I wouldn't have social anxiety. I would like to think that I'd have the same interests as I do now - or would I have a lot more mainstream interests? Perhaps there is another NT version of me in a parallel universe - I wonder what that person would be like? Would they really be me??
Would you want to swap your ASD self for your NT self? For me, absolutely not. I know I'm not perfect, definitely a work in progress - it's been a rocky road, but I've learned to accept myself for who I am.
My family complains because I isolate myself and I don't socialize enough so I go out try to make friends and then I get ostracized by family and otherwise for being odd. Then I isolate myself again because being treated like human garbage can get old pretty fast.Next thing you know everyone is once again complaining about how I'm not open enough and the cycle continues.I just wish there was someone on my side for once. I don't want to hate people. I want to have friends and fall in love and have someone fall in love with me. I even want children and a wife someday. Someone , a friend to accept me and understand that I'm not a bad, sinister freak or weirdo. That I'm more than just ...this.
The other day at work we were discussing one of our coworkers who is obviously on the spectrum. As the old saying goes, “It takes one to know one,” so I’m confident in my armchair assessment.
I casually mentioned that I believe he is on the autism spectrum and then had to spend a few minutes explaining that. The conversation then turned to, “Why is there so much autism lately? Every time I see the news or read something in the paper they’re saying the person has autism. Why is that? Is there something going on?”
I couldn’t rightly explain except to say that the medical and mental health communities have a better understanding of the disorders and can better diagnose them. My coworkers’ views don’t reflect my own, but it did cause me to wonder.
Do you think that the Autism label is slapped on too quickly and on many people before a proper diagnosis or by inept practitioners?
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