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My mom has always said that I'm amused by simple things. Like playing with a string, or rocks, or whatever. Today I had an empty coffee cup, and I was blowing into the mouth of the lid, letting the air get pushed through the little vent hole and into my face. I did this for probably a minute or so.
Is anyone else easily amused/ distracted/ focused on simple things?
Becoming a veterinarian is my main special interest. Particularly an exotics veterinarian. I'm not crazy about dogs. they are nice but they are just not my favorite kind of animal or something I would personally have as a pet. I would rather have a ferret or kinkajou.
Loving animals is not a requirement to be a vet. Just like loving children is not a requirement to be a pediatrician.
Anyway it seems like everywhere I turn no one wants me to be a vet. My parents and people I know personally know "dem's fightin' words" if they tell me I can't be a vet. And if they are smart they just do not bring it up. My mom just kind of plays along... Something I wish she would have done when I was younger instead of telling me I could never be one because of my undiagnosed at the time dyscalculia. Several my family members are very ableist when it comes to school accommodations. "Oh they are just for lazy people who do not want to study" that is coming from my brother who was the perfect A...
I'm 23, turning 24 next month....but I have a slight problem I'm worried about.
I still love buying those plastic army men toys.
I love setting em up for display, painting em to fit historical soldiers in battle and I've been making short films about battles playing tribute to movies I love like Windtalkers.
I'm worried about people judging me for playing with toys at my age, what should I do?
Anyone else on the spectrum still like toys as an adult?
I'd like to know if anyone has been formally diagnosed with Alexithymia. I think I have it (to some degree), but it's not worth the cost and hassle to get diagnosed. I'd like to hear more about typical emotional experiences from others with it.
Personally, I've had several instances where I had no emotional reaction but could feel my body responding physically. For example, my sister's heart stopped once for 15 minutes, and my parents called to tell me she died. All I could think was how inconvenient that was and how I would deal with a funeral with my tight schedule. At the same time, I felt weak in the legs, and my heart started beating really fast, which didn't register at all like an emotional reaction. Since then, I've had several family members die, including my mother, but I've never felt any emotion.
I've also never felt "love" for friends in my life. They're basically associates with a more mutualistic relationship. Only within the last 15 years have I learned that...
Do we aspies really have more difficulty with daily chores or is it just that we are not really that interested in doing our daily chores?
For me I guess it is because I don't want to do it. It is not really an asperger issue in itself as long as I get to do it in my own personal way.
Just got back from that award-winning doctor, who actually saw both my older and younger kid, and me, and he and his team diagnosed us all.
The whole thing took four hours, including the ADOS-2, and we felt seen as people. They offered some great resources. So now it's official. I can get the schools on board. I can stop putting (so much) energy towards hoping my kids get seen. It's done.
We are all really tired from the whole thing, but also really happy. Here's to a bright future.
A section of the following song is for me a great example of how my brain can not process or filter noisy environments.
I would recommend fast forwarding to the 25 second mark and listen for one minute until the 1:25 minute mark. I believe that section is a very good example of what the world sounds like to me when there are background noises of any kind and multiple people talking around me. In that section of the song, note how each person talking is talking at the same volume. My brain tries to listen to and analyze each sound at the same level. It does not "push" certain sounds to the background in favor of other sounds. It wants to hear all sounds equally. This is why being out in public can be disorienting to me and mentally taxing. I mitigate this by wearing high fidelity earplugs in public.
I found this disturbing YouTube short and I find the description to be hateful and abusive. (Maybe it's just me). There is no such thing as an "Autism Attack". It just further goes towards misunderstanding and hate IMO. It's disrespectful and rude.
To report the video as it's playing or after click the video and three dots will appear on the upper right or left of the screen. Select report and whatever reason you think is appropriate. You may have to go to YouTube to do this.
Here is the video:
Is it just me or is the issue of central coherence more serious than we think?
Aspies ussually do need more details than others when learning things. A lot of people skip over the fundamentals and jump right into it. This is what happens when it come to "being a human". We skip over the fundsmentals of being a human. People then miss the something of the fundamentals of being a human. Can we just really skip the details and jumo right into it? In my opinion: no!
This has messed up the world!
What do you think?
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