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  1. YancyyyComet9000

    How do I deal with overstimulation when my family don't understand?

    How do I deal with overstimulation I'd my family don't understand? Whenever I'm overstimulated I just have to act as normal. My family have picked up on how I don't like physical contact so they often try to hug me or touch my shoulders and on those days its just so much worse. My family...
  2. S

    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...
  3. S

    My family members probably hate me because I am different

    Hello, I am 17 and self-diagnosed with social anxiety and autism. Since I was little, I have always had a hard time around my family members, especially when we meet with my aunt's family. As my cousins are exactly the same age as my sister and I, so one is 17 and the other is 21, we have been...
  4. Jenisautistic

    Has anyone here had private or School tutoring

    If you had tutoring in your lives,what was it like and how did you feel about it? was there any other training like tutoring stuff you did like maybe therapies like PT or OT or speech? I don't remember too much about speech therapy but I do remember having a seit I remember having speech therapy...
  5. S

    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
  6. S

    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...
  7. My Challenging Autistic Experience

    My Challenging Autistic Experience

    My Challenging Autistic Experience Many autistic people are born extremely premature. I am a high-functioning autistic who was born extremely premature at 24 weeks. I have overcome many challenges, such as riding a bike or graduating high school 1 year early. These are challenges that NTs...
  8. S

    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...
  9. Jenisautistic

    Anyone get random reoccurring widespread pain

    Sometimes no matter what I do whether I exercise or not and I get this widespread pain pressure and pain like when you stretch wrong or exercise I have been having this for the longest time and I’m wondering if anyone may been through this as well I also used to get frequent headaches. The pain...
  10. S

    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...
  11. 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?
  12. M

    Autism and mental illness

    Imagine the following scenario (which I think is fairly common) and tell me whether you think the imaginary person described is mentally ill: An autistic person feels: Sad/depressed because people exclude him or avoid him because he is different. Anxious because people are overly critical of...
  13. 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...
  14. Zirk

    Officially diagnosed

    Hi, I am a 26 year old European man living in the Netherlands. I am officially diagnosed with high functioning autism, a very severe variant. Which means I have trouble forming speech, working with language, people and joining society. I have no special talents, but I see patterns more easily...
  15. 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?
  16. 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...
  17. 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!
  18. S

    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...
  19. S

    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?
  20. S

    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...
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