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  1. The Eden Journal

    Late Diagnosis

    Often, the big thing I’ve seen with a diagnosis is time. The lives of people that are on the spectrum can vary significantly from when they were diagnosed. My parents decided to go through with a diagnosis this year, and I have been thinking a lot about how my life could have been different if I...
  2. h.hartzzx177

    Reintroduction

    Hello people of Autism Forums. I'd like to reintroduce myself quickly as I have been inactive since my first introduction. I do not announce my legal name online, but you may call me Blaise. I have both ADHD & ASD. My "special interest" is in most organisms of the Animalia kingdom. I'm an...
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    My Inactivity on AF from 22nd September to 11th December 2022

    I am letting you all know that I might be inactive on AF from 22nd September to 11th December. I joined this forum on 29th May, with my first message being on 30th May. On Thursday 22nd September, I am starting university/college at University of California Irvine (UCI) in Computer Engineering...
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    Does anyone want to be my friend?

    Hi everyone, I was wondering if anyone on AF would like to be my friend! We can start conversations and chat together. Kindly please 'follow' my profile and I will do the same! Regards, SRSAutistic
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    Making NT Friends

    Kindly please reply to this thread. I know that this post is long, but it is important. I have a hard time making NT friends. This is my story of trying to make friends in middle school (intermediate school) and high school (secondary school). In middle school, when I tried to make friends, I...
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    Inactivity on AF from 22nd September to 11th December 2022

    Please reply to this thread. I am letting you all know that I might be inactive on AF from 22nd September to 11th December. I joined this forum on 29th May, with my first message being on 30th May. I am starting university/college soon at University of California Irvine (UCI) in Computer...
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    Direct eye contact when interacting with NTs

    Please reply to this thread. When I try to make direct eye contact when interacting with NTs, I feel uncomfortable, and I become overstimulated and stressed in social situations. I have some questions. 1. Why do we autistics become overstimulated and stressed with making direct eye contact when...
  8. S

    Does anyone have a special interest with time zones and electrical plugs/voltages?

    I have a special interest in time zones and electrical plugs. Does anyone else also have a special interest in time zones and electrical plugs/voltages?
  9. S

    Did you have an IEP/ILP in school?

    Please reply to this thread. I am from the US. In the US, the special education services are known as an IEP. In the UK, the special education services are known as an ILP. As I am a high-functioning autistic, I had an IEP from preschool to high school. An IEP is given for students who have a...
  10. O

    Question about Specific Learning Disorder and Intellectual Developmental Disorder

    What is the difference between Intellectual Developmental Disorder and Specific Learning Disorder? Both of those neurodevelopmental disorders include difficulties with learning.
  11. S

    Bullying at School/Work

    In high school (secondary school), I was bullied. Please reply to this thread. 1. Have you ever been bullied at school or work? 2. Why did you get bullied? 3. How did you get bullied?
  12. S

    Masking/Passing as NT

    When I try to pass as NT in public or in social situations, it is very exhausting and tiring. Please reply to this thread. 1. Have you ever tried to mask your autism or pass as NT in public or in social situations? 2. Why did you try to pass as NT? 3. What was your experience like, and was it...
  13. S

    Infodump about your Special Interests!

    Please reply to this thread. 1. What are your current special interests? 2. If you have a special interest, infodump about it! I love reading about your special interests!
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    Special Interests that find us

    Please reply to this thread. I want to know why our special interests find us. 1. What are your current special interests? 2. Do you like having special interests? 3. Why do our special interests 'find us'? 4. Why can’t we autistics choose our special interests? 5. Why do we autistics...
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    Peer Pressure at School/Work

    In 7th grade (Year 8), I was peer pressured by 2 students to run away from class. In high school (secondary school), I did not experience peer pressure. Have you ever experienced peer pressure at school or work?
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    Special Interests and Infodumping

    Please reply to this thread. 1. What are your current special interests? 2. Do you infodump about your special interests to NTs or other autistics? 3. Why do we autistics want to know everything about our special interests and become experts on it? 4. Do you like infodumping about your...
  17. Leo Zed

    Emotional Sensitivity in ASDs

    Since I am relatively new to understanding ASDs, I am wondering if it is normal for those of us who have Asperger’s to be (extremely) emotionally sensitive, especially when “negative” remarks (not necessarily criticism) are being made to us. I have been battling severe depression for a few...
  18. S

    Bullying at School/Work

    In high school (secondary school), I was physically bullied. Please reply to this thread. 1. Have you ever been bullied at school or work? 2. Why do bullies target us autistics? 3. Why are we autistics often bullied at school and at work?
  19. S

    Making Friends

    I have no friends. I am 17 years old. When I interact with the autistic community, I feel welcomed, accepted, and appreciated. It seems that with time, I can make friends in the autistic community, but I cannot make any NT friends. In the past, I have tried to make friends, but I struggle. I do...
  20. S

    Masking/Passing as Neurotypical/NT

    When I try to pass as NT in social situations, it is very exhausting and tiring. Please reply to this thread. I have some questions: 1. Why is it so hard for us autistics to learn NT social skills? 2. Why is it exhausting and tiring for us autistics to try to pass as NT in social situations...
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