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 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: Autistic adults gain visability

Posted: 03 Sep 2022, 7:23 am 

Replies: 2
Views: 212

yes, this is changing rapidly!! Not a moment too soon! Now we need educated professionals of all sorts for diagnosis and support of our ASD population as we age. Anybody who goes into serving adult autistic population from diagnosis, therapy, nursing, social work, medical providers of any sort, etc,...

 Forum: Getting to know each other   Topic: The Confusion Is Real or Hello I'm Autistic Apparently

Posted: 03 Sep 2022, 7:19 am 

Replies: 13
Views: 464

welcome, learning our diagnosis can give us new insights and self understanding but it generally a long lot of work to sort out our histories and traumas, etc and to see them all in this new perspective. Take your time and do lots of self care. Glad you are with us. One of the best things about find...

 Forum: Getting to know each other   Topic: Hi Hi

 Post subject: Re: Hi Hi
Posted: 03 Sep 2022, 7:15 am 

Replies: 13
Views: 274


 Forum: Getting to know each other   Topic: Changes & Greetings

 Post subject: Re: Changes & Greetings
Posted: 03 Sep 2022, 7:12 am 

Replies: 7
Views: 201

welcome, so much of your story seems familiar! You are among other who understand and many will relate, glad you are with us! ( I was diagnosed at age 68 in 2019) so much of life makes better sense once we know and begin to understand about autism. This is a good group with lots of nice friendly fol...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: are any of you over 40 and still have no job?

Posted: 03 Sep 2022, 7:05 am 

Replies: 3
Views: 202

I only have a high school education and worked over 40 jobs in my 50 plus years work history. Now retired. Most jobs did not last long, but were all "caretaker" type jobs, either caring for animals, kids, or buildings as maintenance janitorial, caretaking sort of jobs from cleaning, landsc...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Medication which helps with some Asperger Syndrome symptoms

Posted: 03 Sep 2022, 6:58 am 

Replies: 12
Views: 407

I used effexor for years for anxiety (before I ever found out I am autistic) and I have always thought my morning coffee helps me function so much better. I used phenylpropanolamine antihistamines for years before they were made illegal (for allergies year round) and I think I did great with those i...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Autistic peoples knowledge on autism

Posted: 03 Sep 2022, 6:51 am 

Replies: 14
Views: 442

the science and understanding of autism is actually very new and some of the very first individuals described when autism was 'discovered" are still alive or just recently deceased. The understanding of autism has improved and increased tremendously in just the past 5 years, and new information...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Expertise?

 Post subject: Re: Expertise?
Posted: 03 Sep 2022, 6:39 am 

Replies: 7
Views: 200

PS most states in the USA have employment offices, and there are temporary work agencies, both of which will also give skills tests if you are looking for a job through them. That is part of the help given in refining a job search.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Expertise?

 Post subject: Re: Expertise?
Posted: 03 Sep 2022, 6:37 am 

Replies: 7
Views: 200

I had not idea about my skills strengths and weaknesses even though I was given "aptitude tests" in high school as a sort of guidance for jobs to seek after I graduated. When I was about age 40 (many many years ago!) I got a book called "what color is your parachute" which has ha...

 Forum: Getting to know each other   Topic: Hey

 Post subject: Re: Hey
Posted: 02 Sep 2022, 6:16 am 

Replies: 14
Views: 253


 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: I got diagnosed

 Post subject: Re: I got diagnosed
Posted: 02 Sep 2022, 6:11 am 

Replies: 12
Views: 412

Congratulations! what a relief!

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Am I the most old-fashioned person on WP?

Posted: 27 Aug 2022, 5:09 pm 

Replies: 112
Views: 2,383

You young'uns have no idea what "Old-Fashioned" really means!  Why, when I was your age, we mixed our Old-Fashions with home-made hootch, 'cept we called it "Bathtub Gin" instead!  Our bathtub was on that back porch next to the firewood and the smoked bacon, which was all we eve...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Experiences with Therapy

Posted: 27 Aug 2022, 5:08 pm 

Replies: 38
Views: 692

I was not successful with the first 3 I tried, they were all about "feeliings" and kept asking how I felt about things. I had no idea since I don't recognize my emotions. I found the 4th one "got me" and he used writing and reading to reach me and teach me self assertive behavior...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Glasses for light sensitivity

Posted: 27 Aug 2022, 5:03 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 181

simple green or amber sun glasses work for me , polarized is even better. I find the dark smokey/black/gray ones are too dark to use indoors.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Does anyone else feel like they have trouble with boundaries

Posted: 20 Aug 2022, 4:26 pm 

Replies: 19
Views: 825

I had been trained thoroughly to never say no, to always comply with others and try to please them that when I reached adulthood I was not really functional . I got therapy which helped me become self assertive in a healthy way. I learned using a book "when I say NO I feel guilty" by Manue...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Autism evaluation

 Post subject: Re: Autism evaluation
Posted: 16 Aug 2022, 2:21 pm 

Replies: 22
Views: 891

the waiting before the test and again after the test were the hardest parts for me. actual test results and reports were very helpful for self understanding and understanding a lot of the "whys" of the past. I got diagnosis at age 68
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