5 ways I describe spectrum, and I welcome improvements! :-)

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AardvarkGoodSwimmer
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28 Oct 2021, 2:43 pm

1) intense interests

2) sensory issues

3) stimming

4) patchy social skills

5) meltdowns

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I welcome additions to this list. I also welcome better descriptions and/or longer, more complete phrasing.

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28 Oct 2021, 3:28 pm

Although I have mentioned this in a recent thread, these 6 are the key symptoms of autism:-

1. Social impairment OR social awkwardness

2. Sensory issues

3. Meltdowns/shutdowns/overload

4. Special interests

5. Like routine/sameness/repetitiveness


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28 Oct 2021, 3:38 pm

Usually, being able to cognitively figure out a social situation later, but sometimes (perhaps because of anxiety) not being able to figure out a social situation in "real time."



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28 Oct 2021, 7:44 pm

1) intense focus on interests (there seems to be a "concrete" element to these)

2) sensory issues (hyper and hypo)

3) stimming

4) patchy social skills relative to NTs (among my ASD friends the exchange of information is understood, soliloquys are welcome, contacting people when in need sometimes 10-20 years apart is appreciated...)

5) meltdowns or a very "small" controlled life (I live big and have frequent meltdowns, my BFF lives very small and doesn't melt down)



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29 Oct 2021, 11:58 am

1. Executive Dysfunction's

2. Social miscommunication,misunderstanding

3. Sensory issues

4. Difficulty with sudden an unexpected change

5. Difficulty with multitasking


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29 Oct 2021, 10:51 pm

Thank you everyone for your excellent ideas and suggestions. :jester:



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29 Oct 2021, 11:34 pm

kraftiekortie wrote:
Usually, being able to cognitively figure out a social situation later, but sometimes (perhaps because of anxiety) not being able to figure out a social situation in "real time."


I try to have rules of thumb, such as: If someone needs space, go ahead and give them space.

(plenty of time to mull over later whether I was at fault, or whether they were, or some combo thereof)