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 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Sleep after getting sensory overload

Posted: 31 Jan 2021, 6:45 am 

Replies: 13
Views: 628

when I was younger and still trying to do everything that my family and spouse wanted me to do (not knowing about my autism), I slept for up to 13 hours at a time. I think I was just exhausted from all the very hard work of trying to be neurotypical. I have needed less sleep as I age (biological cha...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: I am really hyper sensitive. Is this a trait of Aspergers?

Posted: 31 Jan 2021, 6:39 am 

Replies: 5
Views: 304

I think part of this could come from trauma and being hyper vigilant. We might be feeling unprepared for interactions with others, or associate emotional or physical trauma with interactions due to past experience. I became very defensive and sensitive to comments and behavior of others as a sort of...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Do I have a learning disability?

Posted: 28 Jan 2021, 6:29 am 

Replies: 16
Views: 699

TRoss has some great advice. I could not learn and retain in classrooms when I was small because I have visual and audio processing deficits. I did not do well in school until I could read an assignment and I learned to take notes. Once I write something down or read it, I can process it. Discoverin...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Remembering your own face "Face Blindness"

Posted: 27 Jan 2021, 9:34 am 

Replies: 13
Views: 984

Our daughter has this! With her it is like she has an inability to find herself or recognize herself. She tends to wear bright colors, has tattoos and facial piercings and has very bright crayon red hair. I think this is so she can "find" herself when she looks in the mirror. She has had t...

 Forum: The Haven   Topic: Uncertainty Tips only please, nothing negative thanks.

Posted: 27 Jan 2021, 9:26 am 

Replies: 14
Views: 313

things I can control vs things I can't: I can not control other people's words, actions, behavior, reactions, ideas, thoughts, mistakes, body language, feelings, attitudes. But I can change and control my own words, actions, behavior, attitude, effort, ideas, decisions, body language, reactions, tho...

 Forum: The Haven   Topic: Uncertainty Tips only please, nothing negative thanks.

Posted: 27 Jan 2021, 9:12 am 

Replies: 14
Views: 313

somewhere I have seen a pre-made list of things you can control and things you can't. There is something in a serenity prayer about accepting the things you can't control and changing the the things you can, and having wisdom to know the difference. I did teach myself to avoid fretting (worrying , o...

 Forum: Getting to know each other   Topic: Hi, I am new here and these are my hobbies

Posted: 24 Jan 2021, 5:14 pm 

Replies: 13
Views: 529

Hi and welcome! I have a good friend whose passion is playing harmonica. I love to hear him play and developed an interest in listening to old recordings, it is a great form of music.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: walking in nature therapy

Posted: 24 Jan 2021, 5:12 pm 

Replies: 8
Views: 255

for me its the best therapy ever, alone in the woods at the lake shore and in the woods is my natural habitat! Nothing compares with the peace and enjoyment I find there.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Psychologist/Psychiatrist for Asperger Adult in D

Posted: 24 Jan 2021, 5:11 pm 

Replies: 36
Views: 1,029

Have you looked for autism groups in your area? I know in many large cities there are autism support groups, social groups, societies, autism family groups, etc etc. I would guess that asking among these groups might help locate a professional that your son could work with. Barring that, what about ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Aspie & Autism

 Post subject: Re: Aspie & Autism
Posted: 24 Jan 2021, 5:01 pm 

Replies: 17
Views: 952

names for it vary from place to place. Some people insist on specific words only, but many names for Autism exist, and many people call themselves by various descriptions when referring to autism. No one way is "right". It is up to you to define yourself and to say who you are, and choose ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Klutzy & Uncoordinated

 Post subject: Re: Klutzy & Uncoordinated
Posted: 24 Jan 2021, 4:57 pm 

Replies: 6
Views: 365

the Dr who gave me my diagnosis said that it is very common for autistic people to have trouble with "proprioception". This is a sense which helps us understand where our bodies and body parts are in time and space. I have always said I had trouble with depth perception and balance.. I sai...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: A rant from an Aspie

 Post subject: Re: A rant from an Aspie
Posted: 24 Jan 2021, 4:38 pm 

Replies: 20
Views: 1,001

well, I sure do identify with a lot of what you have said here. I tried for years to socialize , (I will tell you I am 68 today) and I have come to the conclusion that I will never succeed in 'traditional' social circles because my visual and audio processing is so poor. I am simply not equipped to ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Dealing w/ people who argue about suspected ASD

Posted: 24 Jan 2021, 4:15 pm 

Replies: 26
Views: 1,604

I try to use such incidents as teaching moments, if the person seems to be saying that from ignorance. Some people will tell you "you are not autistic" to "console" you, or to comfort you, because they are not really understanding the usefulness of diagnosis, and not understandin...

 Forum: Getting to know each other   Topic: Hello there.

 Post subject: Re: Hello there.
Posted: 23 Jan 2021, 4:29 pm 

Replies: 15
Views: 709

Welcome! There is a list of autism self tests at the top of one of these pages, those might give you some insights. Also check out things like Ehler Danlos syndrome and its ties to autism, and you will find many links to research about digestive issues and how they may be interconnected with autism....

 Forum: Getting to know each other   Topic: Diagnosis at relatively old age

Posted: 22 Jan 2021, 7:24 am 

Replies: 22
Views: 1,126

welcome! Diagnosed officially 3 days before my 68th birthday. Changed my life to obtain diagnosis and finally understand autism had the answer to almost every "why" question and struggles, painful events of the past. For me it was a huge relief to learn that everything was not "all my...

 Forum: Getting to know each other   Topic: Establishing first contact... hello WP!

Posted: 22 Jan 2021, 7:21 am 

Replies: 26
Views: 1,127

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