Can you tell if someone has autism/aspergers

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ApsieGuy
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22 Sep 2010, 9:26 pm

I can smell them from a mile away................



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22 Sep 2010, 9:33 pm

Sometimes.
With more severe autism, it can be very obvious, though there are some things that look like autism but are actually cerebral palsy or something like that.
Then moderate autism, a difference is, 99% of the time, obvious, but it may just be MR, or something else. I know a very outgoing, moderately autistic adolescent boy who has moderate mental retardation. He is social and greets people, but I heard that when he was a baby the doctors told his parents that he'd never speak.
Asperger's... I can speculate that someone may have it or some characteristics of it, yet I cannot immediately come to the conclusion, "_____ most definitely has Asperger's Syndrome! I should ask him/her about it."
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22 Sep 2010, 9:42 pm

I seem to have grown an Aspie radar, over the years. :)


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22 Sep 2010, 9:44 pm

I've known someone for several years and I heard his wife had aspergers.

She passed away before I knew him, and I also thought he might be on the spectrum too.

I finally sat down with him, as curiousity was getting to me, and I don't remember how I adroitly shifted the conversation to autism, but some how it went into a smooth transition,(usually anything I try as this ends up rough) and we talked for about 15 minutes about it and indeed he said that he is on the spectrum.

First one I met.



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22 Sep 2010, 9:44 pm

I have an aspie radar too. Occasionally there is one that gets by me (the other day someone told me they were AS and I had no idea) though.


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22 Sep 2010, 9:47 pm

No I don't think I can really tell at all........I tend to wonder about anyone who is socially awkward in a similar way as I amlol.



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22 Sep 2010, 10:58 pm

how can you tell can you tell from a photo or video?


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22 Sep 2010, 11:00 pm

I can smell them 10 miles away .. . lol. the problem is, how do I tell them if they don't know?


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22 Sep 2010, 11:01 pm

alex wrote:
I can smell them 10 miles away .. . lol. the problem is, how do I tell them if they don't know?

i would just ask them if I suspected it


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22 Sep 2010, 11:06 pm

I'm not really sure whether I can or not. I usually only wonder if a person has Asperger's if I find myself able to relate to them (without having to make an intellectual effort to do so, that is). And then I never find out because I don't know how to do so subtly.



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22 Sep 2010, 11:06 pm

I can taste them 20 miles away.



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23 Sep 2010, 2:44 am

I do not see how we could tell that someone we do not know is Aspie or not, I don't even think it's so easy with people we know because of the many conditions they could have or the fact that they could just lie (my best friend hate when I explain to her why I suffered from my dyspraxia in the past and think I am faking it, therefore she says : "me too", sometimes contradict herself, etc).



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23 Sep 2010, 2:50 am

seriously how can you be so sure you can spot auties/aspies.

i for one am never sure wether or not someone has it, i always dispatch it as projecting my own quircks onto others.

please explain how and what you do to recognize others.



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23 Sep 2010, 4:10 am

I have only met one person who I know is diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, and he lives in another city. But I would say that the people around me are predominantly not normal - technogeeks, eccentrics, academics and people with psychiatric conditions - and there are a few who have many traits like mine, but equally these traits are common in my unusual neighbourhood.



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23 Sep 2010, 4:32 am

Being an Aspie I have a hard time "reading" other people so I cannot reliably say whether another person is an Aspie or not based on casual observation and interaction.

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