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After spending a few years here reading many posts and considering my own life, I have wondered if those on the spectrum would benefit more from training or perhaps “occupational therapy,” as some may call it.
Every person on the spectrum with whom I have interacted has shared the same difficulties. Those that were diagnosed after a certain year seem to be involved in some sort of therapy designed to help them with the difficulties of being on the spectrum (depression, etc). Such therapy is good and can be of great benefit, but I can’t help but wonder if there would be greater benefit from “training.” If from the moment one is diagnosed they are taught how to overcome the manifestations of ASD and how to integrate and function in an NT world, perhaps the other issues would not be so great. Bear in mind that I am merely speculating in light of my own life.
So, what are your views on this subject?
Anyone else ever hear this?
I had a deep conversation with a close family member about the possible reasons as to why it's hard for me to make friendships, let alone keep them.
One of the main things I was told is exactly what the title says "You don't tell people enough about yourself for them to truly get to know you."
Whenever I find a potential friend, I'm very hesitant to tell them more about myself than my name and a few answers to questions they might ask.
I don't want to tell them too much, not only because of the flood of information, but I don't want to immediately drive them off either.
I've learned not to bring any interests up anymore unless asked because I can go on for days about my special interests and keep the conversation one sided to the point to where they'll think I don't care about them.
But, since I don't give out a ton of information, I seem to lose those opportunities for friendship quicker and more often than usual.
It seems like if I give out a...
(Not written by me)
Long associated with autism, new research is questioning whether or not the ubiquitous puzzle piece serves as a pro or con for organizations tied to the developmental disorder.
Dating to at least the 1960s, puzzle pieces have commonly been used to denote autism. The imagery is currently employed by Autism Speaks, the Autism Society of America and numerous other groups in one form or another and puzzle pieces grace everything from t-shirts and pins to credit cards and license plates.
However, many people on the spectrum object to the icon, arguing that it represents those with autism as mysterious, disconnected and needing to fit in. And now a new study published in the journal Autism is adding credence to their view, finding that public perception of puzzle pieces is largely negative.
For the research, 400 members of the general public were asked to categorize various shapes, concepts like “grief” or “cheer” and puzzle pieces — both generic and those used by...
Hi there everyone. I'm curious to know if anyone else has issues with clumsiness. Being awkward from a physical aspect can be a bit of a health hazard. I bump into things a lot. I may not feel it them right then, but there will probably be a cruise and a painful reminder later. I tend to drop things too. I've included the article below that explains this being on the spectrum. Clumsiness Associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders—Poor Proprioception
I was thinking about investing in a weighted blanket for sleep and anxiety and so on, but I have no idea if they actually do what it says on the box. Has anybody had experience with weighted blankets? And are they actually worth the investment? They do seem to be pretty expensive. In short, tell me if they've helped or hindered your sleep since your bought one. Thanks.
Help me...I am a NT with the most amazing HFA neighbour whom I adore and cherish and falling more in love with every time I see him and spend quality time with.
He has Cassanova'me'd Role Played sexually and WOW how FAB was that.but now stop me like a stone sexually and expects me to just switch my feelings off...I can't...I know I was getting through like a heat seeking missile and thays why I get kicked to the curb. Why do you come at me like a freight train..and then drop me like a stone when I start to make progress.. aloof..uncaring..like none of it mattered...? Give me advice please..
Something I realised recently is I still remember most old 80s and 90s ads. Slogans and jingles in detail. I really liked ads. When I was kid I used to talk about my fave ads regularly.. (same friends, same ads all the time I guess?) .. repeating myself.. ?!
Anyway my gf came home with Smith's crisps the other day and I was like Ahhh can you remember the ad?? And just reeled the song off and the stuff going on.. went to check YouTube and I was smack on. to the dot.
So we checked a few more out, and as they were in I was singing EVERY, word and doing the sound effects, right into it I was. My go was laughing, she said that's not normal- (in an acceptable way)
Is anyone else like this? I mean.. some of my most favourite music and songs of all time, I don't know Michigan's the words. I'm into the melody and feel, etc. I recognise every syllable, and sound like I Know the words when I sing.. but I don't. I haven't got a clue what most songs are about. But I'm right...
This is a perfect example of what I can laugh at EVERY time I look at it!
Sometimes when you think life can't throw anymore tough things at you, it throws the biggest gut shot of all. Our family motto is that we don't break. The winds of life may bend us at times, but we DO NOT break. Nobody ever promised life would be easy, or fair. Yes, we can strive for such in our individual lives, but it is far from such.
The question I often ask myself is when is it alright to let others into my life? I question their angle, their desire, everything. My wife, Bobbi, my shooting star, first met when she interrupted a game of pool I was having with a quick wave of her hand just before I took my shot, and naturally missed. Telling me not to take life so seriously. The missed shot cost me $100 needless to say. But from that moment on she has been my rock and shining star. Through good time and bad, always there putting a smile on my face.
To make a long story short, about five years ago I ended up having quadruple bypass open heart surgery. It failed. Stents needed...
Have any of you other Auties ever been told that you were just "faking it" to get attention? Because recently someone told me that I wasn't really Autistic ("I'm too old"), and that I'm just "going through a phase and am just doing it for attention." This was, obviously, very hurtful, as I am actually autistic and have been diagnosed as such.
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