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 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: 213

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: 415

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: 459

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: 213

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: 213

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: 264


 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: I got diagnosed

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

Replies: 12
Views: 426

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: 2,548

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: 723

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: 198

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: 850

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: 919

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

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Has anyone here ever been rather obsessed w/ shark attacks?

Posted: 30 Jul 2022, 3:00 pm 

Replies: 23
Views: 581

my spouse never misses shark programs on TV and loves everything about them, not just the attack part. Just like dinosaurs, I think there is a bit of fascination for most people, or at least the little kid part of all of us.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Is it common for aspies to not like the way they look?

Posted: 30 Jul 2022, 2:58 pm 

Replies: 30
Views: 1,261

I think its probably common among all people, not just ND folks. Society and the media and marketing all try to make us feel insecure about our looks, our health, our lovability, our ability to do almost anything. Its all about money. There are probably only a few percentage wise (fewer than there a...

 Forum: Getting to know each other   Topic: Entertain yourself? Entertained by others?

Posted: 18 Jul 2022, 5:01 am 

Replies: 5
Views: 236

I like many solitary activities and choose internet activities when I want social interaction. (forums such as this "are" my social life!). I like reading, hiking, rock and fossil hunting, working with animals, learning about many things through research on the internet, reading studies, b...

 Forum: Getting to know each other   Topic: Hello - Dad of 6 yr old son with ASD (lvl 3)

Posted: 18 Jul 2022, 4:58 am 

Replies: 10
Views: 250

welcome! I raised 2 autistic kids without ever knowing about my own autism or theirs, so long ago. We all survived and are doing well. Glad you are with us.
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