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Tim Kasse - Asperger, Systems Engineer, Music Lover

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Timothy Kasse, Apr 6, 2021.

  1. Timothy Kasse

    Timothy Kasse New Member

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    Hello Dear Community,

    I am a 70 year old man who was officially diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at age 64. I have read a number of book where people were diagnosed at around 40 or younger. What about going through for over 60 years wondering what was wrong with most of the rest of the world. I am a mix of classical Aspie characteristics incorporated into an experience base that includes working in 26 countries and three languages. I am a Keynote speaker and can look you in the eye. But I miss every social cue that is described in all of the Aspie books.

    I love Science Fiction, Music of multiple genres, dancing, watching old movies, reading, and working out. I enjoy travel if I am going with someone who can appreciate other people and cultures. I classically enjoy intellectual conversations.

    I am looking for folks similar to me, that can share their experiences with me and guide me to places and sites so I can learn more

    Hope to hear from some of you.


    Tim
     
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    tree Blue/Green Staff Member V.I.P Member

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    Welcome, Tim -

    I self-diagnosed (with certainty) at 68. What a game changer, right?

    I think you will find exactly what you are looking for here. And I'm sure your rich experience base will be a blessing in return. See you around!
     
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  4. OkRad

    OkRad μῆνιν ἄειδε θεὰ Πηληϊάδεω Ἀχιλῆος οὐλομένην V.I.P Member

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    Welcome! I do hope you will find stimulation here. There are many intellects here :) What do you like to read/talk about?
     
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    Major Tom Searching for ground control... V.I.P Member

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    Welcome to the forums! I look forward to hearing more about you. Sounds like you've lived an interesting life so far.
     
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    Welcome!
     
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    Welcome Timothy!

    There's quite a few older diagnosed Aspies here.
    Myself one of them. I was diagnosed in my mid fifties.
     
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    Hi and welcome, yes plenty here had similar experiences, our generations missed out on diagnosis, it's only recently become more understood and potentially easily diagnosed. I self diagnosed in my 50s, now 63.

    I know what you mean about all those years working to find ways to be a better neurotypical. But hey, I m not one... and as for missing social cues... what cues?!

    It's good that you are here, I hope that you enjoy the discussions and join in.

    :palmtree::dragon::cactus::herb::bug::palmtree:
     
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    Hi and Welcome @Timothy Kasse

    Glad you have found this place. There are a number of us in here who are older and also "recently" diagnosed.
    Do pull up a chair and join in the chat.
     
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    Do you think you missed out humble?
     
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    Oldest man 83 never heard him speak about his self what soever
     
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    Welcome- I just recently self-diagnosed at 51, after the same thing- years of wondering why people are so difficult to deal with, figuring it was me, but no idea how to "fix" myself.

    I also am a really good public speaker, and my whole life, I have had my own company and worked with the public. Until Covid hit, I did huge trade shows many times a year and could talk endlessly to folks about my products.

    It was hard at first to square that with the usual image of someone with Autism, but I've come to realize my work was a performance, lined up with my special interest, more like channeling something through me vs. being a conversation with another person, which I still suck at!

    This site has a good resources page, and the one I've found the most helpful is the videos here:
    https://www.autistamatic.com/

    He covers so many helpful topics and tips, so you can watch the ones that relate to you for more insights. I especially found the Masking and Hyperlexia ones very relevant to me.
     
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