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I love the theoretical threads that are popping up and stimulating me. Here is one I often think about. Since a lot of us were DXed late, we ruminate on WHAT IF? What it if I knew????
If you knew then what you know now........If you could go back to age ten, knowing you are Apsie/Aut and how that would mean.....what would you change?
At first, I thought, wow, I would study all the Greek and Latin I could. But then i realized I would be called a Prodigy and go into special schools and maybe miss out on the people I met who have brought great joy into my life.
I have gone over how different it might be if I knew. I might never have even Tried to get into realtionships. I might have gotten into despair. My parents my have treated me with kid gloves.....I don't know.....maybe I would have not fought so hard.
I do think it's good to know, but looking back, I am not sure I would change anything.
So, in the end, I am not sure I would change anything.
Just wondering how those of...
From what I understand it's not a recognized disorder, but I'm wondering if anyone else on the spectrum does it?
I started looking into it when my husband asked what the heck I was doing pacing on the porch for hours at a time. I've done it for as long as I can remember and don't consider it a problem, but I guess it doesn't really seem..neurotypical? Is that the correct term?
Quick description, I just imagine scenarios, fantastical worlds, and my place in them. I can do this for hours at a time, usually pacing. It's different than just getting lost in my head thinking about something, which I often also do..
Anyway, this feels poorly worded, but I'm curious!
I may have posted this before. I remember posting it on Wrong Planet but may or may not have posted it here. Anyway, when I was very young, I was ALWAYS thirsty. I could drink until my stomach felt like it was going to explode and was STILL thirsty. I never could focus on my schoolwork because I was too thirsty to pay attention. When I asked the teacher if I could use the water fountain, she always said no.
If I brought a water bottle, I wasn't allowed to refill it. If I got TOO thirsty, I think I would just get up, leave the classroom and use the water fountain even if I didn't have a teacher's permission. Even when there was a water fountain in the classroom. I just got up and used it anyway and the teacher got very angry because none of the other students could get up and use it. Yes they could, she hadn't tied them to their desks yet. (This particular teacher was eventually fired for tying kids to their desks). They KNEW they weren't allowed to touch me and knew that if they...
I have read that researchers believe that autism could be the result of genetic predisposition and possible environmental factors.
As I've read people's posts concerning their upbringing it seems as though there may be quite a few of us who had less than ideal family environments.
I thought it might be interesting to get an idea of what percentage of us had either genetic factors, environmental factors or both.
My own situation was violent and disfunctional. I also believe it is likely my father had AS and my nephew does. Therefore my own situation had both a genetic and environmental component.
just had an uncomfortable and hurtful moment with my special friend. We are LDR. I got a FB notification to all his friends that he has marked himself “safe” in a storm that has hit his immediate area. I have not heard directly from him in the last couple of days as I usually do the care taking and make contact first. I am beyond hurt that 50 other people knew via FB that his area was considered a national disaster and I did not receive a personal message from him in advance to alert me to his situation. He is well aware of my feelings for him and that I love him very much. I would like to understand before I speak to him if this is something I should be taking personally ... because right now I do! And when I speak to him, should I let him know that I feel hurt and sad ... or will that not matter too much and that I should just ask him in the future to let me know personally about this type of thing.
For most of my life, I've always had a craving for sweets. I could never get enough. My mom kept tabs on it so I wouldn't get obese or develop diabetes. She always had to hide any candy or cookies or lock the freezer so I couldn't get to it. If I had unlimited access, I would eat them in one sitting until there was none left. Sweets were kinda rare in my house because I would "just eat it all up before anyone else had a chance to get some".
Whenever I did have sweets, I acted like a starving, wild animal. I would get cravings so bad you'd think I was craving cocaine or something. I would get a "high" from it.
One time I was so desperate, I snuck out of bed and tried to take some flavored chew-able Tylenol even though I knew I wasn't supposed to take medicine without my mom or dad's knowledge.
My cravings often came in the middle of the night and sometimes I could not "wake up" in the morning unless I had something sweet. I would obsess about it until my mom broke down and...
I came across this this article on a FB post: 13 essential Steps For your Child’s Recovery from Autism -
My comment: If a child can "recover" from autism then he was misdiagnosed! One doesn't recover from ASD -- it's not a disease. We are neurologically wired differently than NT's and perhaps that isn't such a negative state as the general public seems to believe. Yes, many children diagnosed early can develop more verbally and socially if early intervention is done and done the right way. However, for some, they will never "recover" to the degree where they are able to live independently and adequately within the "normal" world. Stop giving false hope. Also, too many kids are now misdiagnosed; especially at an early age. It's the trendy disorder. An accurate diagnosis is usually given when a child is older because some kids just take longer to develop.
As a veteran who is an Aspie, I have wondered about those who have served, are serving, or are considering serving in the military. The challenges of being on the spectrum can be exacerbated by life in the military, especially depending on which branch.
I thought it would be interesting to open a discussion on the subject, as I know there are several in our community that are veterans and some that are considering serving. Some countries have compulsory service (like Israel), so it would also be interesting to hear from individuals in those countries.
Subjects like how it affected you, how you managed to cope, coping strategies in relationship to military life, etc might be of interest. In fact, how one adapted and survived military life might be helpful in civilian life.
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