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 Forum: In-Depth Adult Life Discussion   Topic: Anyone else feel angry for not getting an early diagnosis?

Posted: 29 May 2021, 4:24 am 

Replies: 179
Views: 22,329


<snip> I'll never forget my mom pointing at another younger child just calmly sitting there next to us (this happened when I was young too) while I was having a meltdown being exposed to noise that was way too much for me and was making me lose it, and asking me "why can't you be like that kid...

 Forum: In-Depth Adult Life Discussion   Topic: Very late Diagnosis - identification at a late, some notes..

Posted: 29 May 2021, 4:11 am 

Replies: 33
Views: 6,721


I've just started pointing out to my generally caring husband when he says " just do [this]" when my Executive Function is overwhelmed. No "justs" about it. To be fair, I may reverse that on him occasionally "it's right there! Just [listen/look/smell]!" when he's cluel...

 Forum: In-Depth Adult Life Discussion   Topic: Very late Diagnosis - identification at a late, some notes..

Posted: 25 May 2021, 2:15 pm 

Replies: 33
Views: 6,721


Is your child "J" on-board with the evaluation, or reluctant? How is your other child managing the diagnosis? J's very much on-board with the evaluation and assisted with writing the referral letter. Has been seeing the school counsellor for quite some time now around issues with bullying...

 Forum: In-Depth Adult Life Discussion   Topic: Very late Diagnosis - identification at a late, some notes..

Posted: 22 May 2021, 1:55 am 

Replies: 33
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Soapbox: The diagnostic criteria remains broken or the professionals ignorant. They are not swooping in for my ASD-like daughter. My 4th-grade ASD-like daughter was not diagnosed with ASD. She is so similar to my mom (ASD like) and myself (recently ASD diagnosed): she gets good grades (in elementar...

 Forum: In-Depth Adult Life Discussion   Topic: Anyone else feel angry for not getting an early diagnosis?

Posted: 31 Mar 2021, 1:13 am 

Replies: 179
Views: 22,329


I think it would've been better if my son (ADHD, ODD, AS) had been diagnosed when he was younger - instead of at age 14. It might have enabled us to get more learning assistance or at least have "armed" us against the schools that just wrote him off as "a troublemaker". Thankfull...

 Forum: In-Depth Adult Life Discussion   Topic: Anyone else feel angry for not getting an early diagnosis?

Posted: 30 Mar 2021, 1:04 pm 

Replies: 179
Views: 22,329


Psychologist 1: I've got a brilliant idea: we'll just tell people to force their autistic kids not to do certain behaviours. Psychologist 2: The parents worked that out for themselves, they're already doing that. Psychologist 1: Yeah but the difference is, we'll give it a fancy name. Psychologist 2:...

 Forum: In-Depth Adult Life Discussion   Topic: Anyone else feel angry for not getting an early diagnosis?

Posted: 29 Mar 2021, 3:48 am 

Replies: 179
Views: 22,329


I got a form of unofficial ABA therapy all the way through - in that I was routinely punished, ridiculed, nagged at and outright bullied every time I exhibited behaviours that did not fit social norms. Parents, siblings, teachers, peers - they all got in on it. Why are you fidgeting? Do you need to ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Are you talkative or quiet?

Posted: 19 Mar 2021, 6:27 am 

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Definitely talkative - too much so, according to many people I've encountered. And being an Aspie, I often miss cues that people want to disengage from the conversation. My mum always reckonned I was innoculated with a gramophone needle and said that I should never kiss the Blarney Stone because I h...

 Forum: Random Discussion   Topic: What are you wearing right now?

Posted: 18 Mar 2021, 1:24 pm 

Replies: 1,388
Views: 50,410


New Balance shoes, Icebreaker Merino socks, Outdoor Research climbing/hiking pants, Ridgeline polar-fleece t-shirt, sleeveless hunting/fishing vest and the Jacaru "Aussie Stockman's" hat in my profile pic - I'm going into town to work today and you never know when a forest might spring up...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Mind-Blindness, Theory of Mind, and Fiction

Posted: 13 Mar 2021, 11:14 pm 

Replies: 52
Views: 29,079


I'm a diagnosed Aspie and I love reading fiction. Especially science fiction. I've spent over 50 years consciously learning to read people and at least get an idea of what they're up to - I actually scored quite well on the Eye Image test. Probably not as well as a neurotypical person, but bloody go...

 Forum: Random Discussion   Topic: What's on your mind right now?

Posted: 13 Mar 2021, 10:01 pm 

Replies: 32,717
Views: 715,651


Going over preparations for taking my two youngest down to the Pride Parade in Wellington at the end of the month and for getting down to Wellington for the "Armageddon Expo" (like Comic-Con but smaller, and in New Zealand) the middle of next month. Yeah, the events are a couple of weeks a...

 Forum: Random Discussion   Topic: What are you wearing right now?

Posted: 13 Mar 2021, 9:39 pm 

Replies: 1,388
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cheap slippers, track pants, UnderArmor "Captain America" t-shirt, sleeveless vest, wrist watch, glasses that really need cleaning and a basic black elasticated band to tie my hair back...
Screw it, it's the weekend and I don't have to go anywhere.

 Forum: In-Depth Adult Life Discussion   Topic: Very late Diagnosis - identification at a late, some notes..

Posted: 13 Mar 2021, 3:13 pm 

Replies: 33
Views: 6,721


We, the very late diagnosed are the survivors. Battered, bruised, not what others expected, often not what we expected, but still here. That is something to remind ourselves, to be proud of. Not necessarily proud of being autistic, that is how we were born but overcoming the obstacles to get here. ...

 Forum: In-Depth Adult Life Discussion   Topic: Very late Diagnosis - identification at a late, some notes..

Posted: 13 Mar 2021, 7:28 am 

Replies: 33
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Very definitely an excellent thread. Well worth necro'ing :) Theory of Mind does indeed cut both ways. I watched an interesting video that covered the "Double Empathy Problem" - as "bad" as we are at "reading" NTs, it seems that NTs are bad at reading us. They even did ...

 Forum: In-Depth Adult Life Discussion   Topic: Anyone else feel angry for not getting an early diagnosis?

Posted: 13 Mar 2021, 5:35 am 

Replies: 179
Views: 22,329


Welcome to Wrong Planet. Your story will resonate with a lot of older members. We are the survivors. My answer to the question posed by this thread is on page 1 of this thread. Cheers. Yeah, there's certainly a lot to resonate with in the older members' posts. I could swear Fnord's dad and mine wen...

 Forum: In-Depth Adult Life Discussion   Topic: Anyone else feel angry for not getting an early diagnosis?

Posted: 12 Mar 2021, 11:45 pm 

Replies: 179
Views: 22,329


Not at all! Had I been diagnosed as a child, I might have been drugged, institutionalized, and taught that I would be a helpless, hopeless, worthless "retard" (their word, not mine) for the rest of my life. As it is, I was in my mid-50s before I found out what was "wrong" with m...
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