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Asperger's & Autism Forum
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I feel this is an important topic to discuss that deserves it's own thread. With the rise of awareness of autism and Asperger's, especially this theory that symptoms of autism looks differently in women than men, people are not seeing doctors about possibly having some sort of Autism Spectrum Condition and instead end up self diagnosing for various reasons.
What are your views on self diagnosing? Do you think that more can be done by professionals to recognise and provide more accessibility for people who suspect they...
I just wanted to see what everyone's feeling and reactions would be to this story being run today would be. I'll paste a brief overview here, and include the link to the BBC page underneath.
"Proposals to reduce the number of children being diagnosed with autism are being considered by NHS commissioners in south-west London.
The idea of restricting an autism diagnosis to only the most severe cases was discussed earlier this month.
The local alliance of five clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) says nothing has been decided yet.
But the National Autistic Society says it is "deeply concerned" about the plans."
Autism diagnoses 'could be reduced under NHS plan' - BBC News
This would help me figure something out. I have gotten these jarring moments where my brain gets stuck on two thoughts, I can't talk much because of it and I get severely nauseated. These occur on long days where I've been doing a lot, one example being my brother's wedding last month. I think my brain tried to process the day during REM sleep and I can't cope with it and I just sort of lock up I have to rush to the bathroom and prepare to have to vomit. I'm not too sure if this is a shutdown or not because I've never heard of anyone describe it like this.
I asked this a long time ago. I should bring this up again with my new doctor.
Okay people say this to me and it always throws me for a complete loop. I have nothing I want to ask, I don't like asking weird questions, I feel like I'm prying and honestly I don't really care anyways. But they love saying this, I hate it so much, if there's something you want to tell me why don't you just talk about stuff anyways. I don't know what to ask. Seriously, what do you say to this? It feels so wtf. :< I wish I could ban this statement.
I usually just stop responding after they say this because I'm just lost.
I lurk, and I'm sure that others do too, but am not at all sure how many do. I'm also not sure about how this is viewed by others. The word "lurking" seems to have negative connotations.
I'm not really treating it all that differently from conversations with multiple people in real life. In a gathering of several people I'll often not say much until I have an idea or opinion that I consider worth raising. It seems to me that most of what people say isn't really worth saying for the literal informative content, however I'm beginning to appreciate that other people find value in conversation outside of the literal informative content.
It seems to me that the biggest differences between my chat room behaviour and real life conversation with many people at once is that when I'm in real life conversation I don't fade from view if I don't talk for several minutes and I'm more often addressed directly in real life.
Do you lurk in the chat room? Do you think it is acceptable or not? It...
I asked a lot of NTs about this and hardly anyone related ever.
I ok with most things, but I cannot bare to touch metal, wire wound guitar strings, and any plastic that has ridges of a similar size and frequency.
I get a horrible, skin crawling feeling that is very strong.
(Not written by me)
Fox New contributor Tammy Bruce has apologized for calling a ten-year-old boy with autism a 'snowflake', a term often used by conservatives to criticize liberals.
Her initial comment was in a response to a video of the boy, Michael Hererra-Yee, asking Mike Pence for an apology after the vice president accidentally hit in in the face, went viral last week.
His mom later revealed that he was on the autism spectrum, and said that she didn't believe any kids should be dragged into political conversations.
On Tuesday, Bruce, appearing on Fox's America's Newsroom, said: 'First of all, I am so sorry to the family, My intention was never to hurt a kid and his mom.
Fox New contributor Tammy Bruce called Michael Hererra-Yee, ten, a 'snowflake' after he asked Mike Pence for an apology when he accidentally hit in in the face during a speech
Bruce apologized for her comments on Tuesday, saying she never meant to 'hurt a kid and his mom'
'We had absolutely no idea that...
Because they're apparently not in N. Carolina.
Lately, I've been working with my therapist and my parents to find support groups, events, and similar things for people on the Spectrum. I've found a single local one that I've heard pretty good things about... but the membership prices are outrageous (about $180/month).
There's only one other, mostly for people with "low-functioning" autism per se, though they have things for people with HFA too. However, it's run by Autism Speaks; enough said, I think.
What I'm wondering is: is this how it is everywhere, with a distinct lack of things in the area for people on the Spectrum? Or was I just born in quite possibly the worst place for somebody with Autism? I'm asking more out of sheer curiosity more than anything else.
Also, I won't be able to reply to many responses for the next day or so; me and my family decided to go on a vacation for my birthday today and my only access to the Internet is through my tablet (which I...
One of my main difficulties in social interaction is "small talk", it's something that feels so unnatural to me but it's a social convention that helps build connections with people, something which I also struggle with.
When I come into work on a Monday morning I ask people if they had a good weekend, and try to develop it into a conversation. My colleagues don't seem to do much after work during the week apart from watch television. I don't watch much television or follow any sport, I've tried, I can't get my head around it. Especially the following sport, surely it would be more fun to play the sport yourself rather than watch strangers play.
I've found that I refer to the weather quite a lot when I try and make small talk, which quickly kills conversation off.
Does anyone have any tips on making small talk with people??
It took me many years to realized this about myself, but I starting to understand being around people drains me. I will give some examples about myself.
Family: For having a large family, there is always lots of people at family events. At least 30 to 50 people and sometimes even more. With all the conversations going on, and me not able to connect with anyone, I feel left out. During this process, it does drain lots of energy around me. All is on my mind is I want to leave as soon as I can. Family gatherings on average for my family is at least 6 hours yet it feels like a full day to me.
Co workers: Anything related to work social events drains me deeply. I always end up being bored for these type of things. I decided to decline for all future events as it no point for me. The exception if it during office hours, then I'm kinda stuck since I would lose pay during that time if I didn't show up. Though I could use a vacation day which is something I might try to do next...
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