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Hello I am Alice, Asperger, age 56, Pacific Northwest

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by seadeams, Sep 20, 2021.

  1. seadeams

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    Hi everyone, I was professionally diagnosed with Asperger when I was 14. At the time, I was seeing a really dreadful counselor for being a troublesome teen. My stepmother latched onto the diagnosis and convinced my father to put me in a group home. I escaped and was on my own at 14.

    I am married, 30 years and now have grandkids that are on the spectrum. I never focused on my Asperger diagnosis and actually resented it. I worry about my grandchildren when I think of my own horrendous childhood. I don't want them to have the bad experiences that I did. I am a artist, so people kind of expected me to be quirky. Glad to have found this forum.
     
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  2. RobZombiefan

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    Welcome, Alice!
     
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    Crossbreed Neur-D Missionary ☝️ V.I.P Member

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    Hello & welcome.
    Who was giving out Aspergers diagnoses in 1979...? [​IMG]
     
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    Hi and welcome Alice. how did you manage to escape the group home? My parents wanted to put me in an institution, but the by the time I was old enough it was no longer being done.
     
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    Hi and welcome. That sounds like a very difficult situation. So sorry that you didn't get better help, sounds like you coped really well, but you shouldn't have had to. It's good that you are here.

    Hopefully you don't need to worry for your grandchildren? It's certainly great for them that they have you, and the world is a little further on with understanding autism, though still many challenges and misapprehensions for sure.

    I hope that you enjoy it here and find it useful and supportive.

    :palmtree::turtle::cactus::snake::herb::bug::fourleaf::leafwind::sunflower:
     
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    Dadamen Well-Known Member

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    Hello and welcome.

    Congratulations on living alone since age 14. This would be a big challenge even for NTs. In my country, teens should liv with parents or other caregivers up to the age of 18.
     
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    Hi Alice and welcome to the Forums

    Glad to have you with us
     
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    James45 James

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    Hello there Alice...glad you have found this forum.
     
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    Hello. :)
     
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    Hi Alice and welcome!
     
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    Yeshuasdaughter You know, that one lady we met that one time. V.I.P Member

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    Welcome to the forums. Mazel Tov on the grandkids btw!
     
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    Welcome.

    Listening to people here, you are not alone in having to find your own path when young.
     
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    " Asperger's syndrome (also known as Asperger's Disorder) was first described in the 1940s by Viennese pediatrician Hans Asperger.

    until relatively recently, Asperger was barely known in the English-speaking world. It was only in 1981 that the renowned psychiatrist Lorna Wing introduced the term Asperger’s syndrome in a journal article in Psychological Medicine. From that moment onwards, the syndrome became widely known and was finally incorporated in the DSM in 1994. "

    So this should mean that Asperger actually were indeed used from some docs even back in the lait 70`s.

    Hello and warm welcome to the forums Alice .

    Reg you're grankids id say they are way better of then we in the 70 `s and before as now they have actually started to understand this and how to help and so on. Back in our time they didn't know diddly about any of this NP diagnosis (or any to be honest )
     
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  17. Martha Ferris

    Martha Ferris Seeking answers

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    Welcome, Alice. I look forward to getting to know you.
     
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    clg114 Still crazy, after all these years. Staff Member V.I.P Member

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    Welcome to Autism Forums!
     
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    Welcome!
     
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    Hello Alice and welcome to the forum.