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When I mean by weird taste, I mean genres that necessarily don't go together. I love punk rock and I love country music. As I got older, I started getting into old time country such as Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and so forth. Punk rock has been with me since I was preteen. Social Distortion's 80's punk, Orange county (CA) punk, Rancid, East Bay punk. I am more into the hardcore 80's punk.
I feel like it is weird for me to like country and punk at the same time. People are surprised when we get into my car and I have country music on, but I am wear a leather jacket and have spiked hair. They automatically assume I like punk because of my hairstyle and clothing until the hear that I am listing to Hank Williams in my car.
Anybody else have a weird taste in music? Or do you just like any type of music genre?
I have a five (almost six) year old daughter with OCD, SPD, and Asperger's Syndrome. After having five different specialists now suggesting that I consider homeschooling her, I was looking for some opinions from some other parents with children on the spectrum?
Intellectually, she is very advanced, her peers can't keep up, and she is so clever that she has developed a real skill at manipulating the faculty at school to get extra sensory breaks. She has limited interest in peers as is, but when I ask her why she doesn't want to talk to the other kids she gets very exasperated and says things like "I just can't mommy, they just don't understand me" or "they are soooo boring" (I swear she is actually a very sweet and wonderful child!).
The number one problem she has at school (beyond the socialization issues) is that she gets bored with the materials and has a harder time keeping herself regulated during class time. The teachers have started giving her school work from...
I'm not sure if if had a problem with it at school, although just because a teacher said something did not make it gospel.
As I grew up though, I started rebelling against society in general, maybe partly because I saw how all the authority figures were just like my peers - different to me. Since I didn't trust most of them, once I saw the authority figures were just adults who were not like me, often with power complexes, I chose not to trust them.
For me trust is earned, and a title or position does not make me trust you until I've assessed your character directly.
Even though I have a twin brother who is identical, not fraternal, he does not have it. I do. I was diagnosed at age 10. My mom is bipolar and she says depression runs in the family. She also had me at 38, a few weeks before she turned 39. Could this play a factor in Asperger's?
As far as that. I don't have a dad. Well I do, but I grew up without one so it would be hard to know whoever he is, had Asperger's or not.
I want to know if it is hereditary or something else. I know AS is becoming more common nowadays than it was for my mom back in the 1960s and 1970s. I feel that age plays a factor, I think that it is more common now because people are having kids at an older age like my mom did. Can someone send me a link to a good website that explains this? I don't know any sites that I can trust on a topic like this.
I'm planning a long, stressful road trip and realize it's time to go ahead and get a weighted blanket. Any thoughts on what to look for in a weighted blanket and the best place to buy? It will need to be travel friendly but otherwise I don't quite know what I'm looking for.
I catch myself sometimes holding my left arm and hand in an odd position. I call it my t-rex arm (it's sort of like arm is bent at the elbow upwards (ifykwim) and my hand is almost claw like), and it's usually when I'm doing something using my right arm (for example brushing my teeth).
I also have a tendency to carry my left arm in a position reminiscent of Mr Burns when I'm walking (right arm is usually making sure my bag doesn't fall off my shoulder). In terms of my feet, I have a tendency to sway or spin slightly when I'm stood still, but also stand on the outside of my feet, either barefoot or in shoes.
Usually when I become aware of any of these I stop, but always end up doing them again without realising I've done it.
Does anyone else do things like this?
Hey all, I just wanted to start a positive thread about compliments. I don't really get many in real life, but the ones I do I remember vividly. For me, someone once told me that "being near to me was like standing next to a waterfall." (I assume I was emitting negative ions at the time). I thought it was a really cool and deep thing to say to someone! Good thing she has never been around me during my volcanic episodes!Hahaha. Anyways, I was wondering if you all could share some of the compliments you've been given over your lifetimes, in hopes to maybe cheer people up, or to help them relive those special times.
Something that just crossed my mind a moment ago but has come up every now and again is if Aspies mentally develop slower than NTs. Even when I was around 21 I didn’t really feel like an adult. Oh sure by 18 society deemed me an adult but even with three extra years to really settle into adult life I didn’t quite get there. Oh sure a lot of it probably had to do with me barely working but even then I don’t suspected I could have found love, got married, have children, a full time job, living on my own, and whatever else come with adulthood. I don’t know if I would have been emotionally or mentally ready for that stuff yet. I suppose arguable many NTs might not be ready for that too around 18. I felt like and actually still do feel like I’m living like an older teenager without grade school. Since that’s just my own experience, anyone has similar ones that might lead to some sort of common ground? Maybe I'm not wording the question correctly and someone will come along and point...
No idea if this is an AS issue or just life....
I've used food to deal with the moments when feelings build up to breaking point for as long as I can remember. It's often at the end of the day, when the melee of kids, untidy house, work, tiredness suddenly hits and I feel an intense need to zone out. At this point very often I head to the mindless eating zone - I don't feel great about it and I'd absolutely love to break the habit.
At the moment we have the perfect storm - lots of change, kids on holiday, moving house, busy at work, relationship in crisis (probably as a result of the above) and the end of day eating is getting out of control - I'm generally pretty fit, have to treat my body and mind well in order to get through life in one piece and the sugar consumption is throwing me off balance but I'm struggling to manage it.
Anyone else experienced something similar? Any ideas what to do about it?
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