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 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: The friend dilemma

 Post subject: Re: The friend dilemma
Posted: Yesterday, 2:34 pm 

Replies: 3
Views: 83


I personally find it easier to listen to "hard truths" from people whose worldviews are basically similar to my own than from people who seem to live in a completely different universe. But, yes, I need my friends to be assertive with me, and to let me know (preferably in a non-aggressive ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Groups with "aspies"?

 Post subject: Re: Groups with "aspies"?
Posted: Yesterday, 2:15 pm 

Replies: 7
Views: 191


Howdy folks! What is good and bad about having groups with "aspies" doing activites or just going to a café together? The term "aspies" is a bit dated, but apart from that issue.... Do you think such groups are easier for us? Depends on how the group is run. In my opinion, it ca...

 Forum: News and Current Events   Topic: Three Chinese spy balloons infiltrated the US during Trump

Posted: Yesterday, 8:00 am 

Replies: 9
Views: 226


Mikah wrote:
I'm inclined to disbelieve it. Trump would have loved to have the opportunity to shoot down a Chinese spy balloon or three, it could only have helped him domestically.

One would think. But the odd thing is that this is in the Daily Mail, which I would expect to have a pro-Trump bias, if anything.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: going to an "autism social club" today...

Posted: Yesterday, 7:56 am 

Replies: 6
Views: 166


just got back- it wasn't quite my pace to be honest; there wasn't much conversation (possibly on account of it being virtual) or structure really. i think maybe what i need is more of a support group and less of a social group? General social groups tend not to work too well, for autistic people, u...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: going to an "autism social club" today...

Posted: Yesterday, 7:32 am 

Replies: 6
Views: 166


It can take people in any type of group time to warm up and get to know each other. In my own support group that meets via text-based chat, we try to help this process along by making a point of being friendly to newcomers, as follows: 1) Having a round of introductions in any meeting where there a...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: HNAA has released our first article!

Posted: Yesterday, 5:40 am 

Replies: 2
Views: 135


I don't see an actual link.

EDIT: Found it by clicking "quote" on your post and editiing: link

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Looking to commiserate, have 3 nonverbal ASD children

Posted: 05 Feb 2023, 5:24 am 

Replies: 16
Views: 366


She does "S2C" (never heard that hah but will use that from now on in random conversations) as well as horse therapy. In the horse therapy they try to get her to give verbal commands to the horse. They told us in the horse therapy that she was saying commands, which I thought was a lie to...

 Forum: Love and Dating   Topic: Dating/Matchmaking Services

Posted: 05 Feb 2023, 12:43 am 

Replies: 6
Views: 279


I’m not talking about a dating app. This is a service which will actively assist autistic people in improving dating skills and put people together. Thanks for the clarification. Seems to me that one of your biggest problems will be marketing your service in a way that makes the above immediately c...

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: Trust or not?

 Post subject: Re: Trust or not?
Posted: 04 Feb 2023, 6:38 pm 

Replies: 1
Views: 72


A good saying to live by is: "Love many, trust few." Trust should be earned gradually, over a long period of time. Trust people with only very minor things at first, then gradually larger and larger things later, as they earn your trust with the smaller things, and as they too gradually tr...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: you say theres no severity levels with autism but

Posted: 04 Feb 2023, 3:33 pm 

Replies: 48
Views: 1,150


Actually, even Kanner's autism always did include some "high functioning" autistic people. See Leo Kanner's original paper (PDF). And the very first child he diagnosed with autism eventually graduated from college and got a job in a bank. (See Donald Triplett , Wikipedia.) Yeah, yeah, yea...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: you say theres no severity levels with autism but

Posted: 04 Feb 2023, 3:25 pm 

Replies: 48
Views: 1,150


Facilitated communication is not controversial, it's disproved. Only the fact that some make money on families holding to any hope keeps it running. It's snake oil. There are also some methods, such as the Rapid Prompting Method and Spelling To Communicate, that are alleged by their detractors to b...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Looking to commiserate, have 3 nonverbal ASD children

Posted: 04 Feb 2023, 2:10 pm 

Replies: 16
Views: 366


stratozyck wrote:
My oldest daughter has a "spelling to communicate" class weekly

How well is that working for her?

(As you are probably aware, S2C is alleged by its detractors to be just a variant of "Facilitated Communication." Doesn't look that way to me, as far as I can tell.)

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: How do you think slavery arose?

Posted: 04 Feb 2023, 12:18 am 

Replies: 72
Views: 1,845


I used to think we invented it before I did much thought about it and research on it from the internet. I am not alone. I'm quite frankly shocked to hear this. I've known since elementary school that slavery has existed since ancient times. This fact is well-known to anyone from a Christian or Jewi...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: How do you think slavery arose?

Posted: 03 Feb 2023, 9:48 pm 

Replies: 72
Views: 1,845


Rival African tribes would (usually) capture people of other tribes, and "sell" them to the Europeans. Or (related): the Europeans would pay the “rival African tribes” in some sort of currency for those “tribes” to capture their rivals for the Europeans. And the huge market for African sl...

 Forum: News and Current Events   Topic: Suspected Chinese spy balloon spotted over U.S. skies

Posted: 03 Feb 2023, 8:26 pm 

Replies: 67
Views: 1,117


cyberdad wrote:
If the US banned tik tok, it would have an extreme negative psychological impact on US teens.

Only temporarily. Surely someone in the U.S.A., or in some allied country, could easily come up with a replacement for TikTok?

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: struggling

 Post subject: Re: struggling
Posted: 03 Feb 2023, 8:18 pm 

Replies: 1
Views: 69


Perhaps what you need is to learn to become more assertive, without "fighting" in ways likely to get you into trouble?

If so, perhaps you might find some of these tutorials on assertiveness to be helpful.
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