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 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Do YOU Think Asperger's Hasn't Been Depicted Well On Film?

Posted: 14 Aug 2016, 11:40 am 

Replies: 17
Views: 857


The character, Dr. Simon Reid, on "Criminal Minds" has been depicted well. It was mention somewhere, in an interview with the actor or else on an episode, that Dr. Reid has Asperger's. One of my favorite shows.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Does anyone read fiction books?

Posted: 31 May 2016, 12:18 am 

Replies: 52
Views: 2,214


I read lots of fiction books. I especially like legal or psychological thrillers. I just discovered an author, Keith Ablow, who is a forensic psychiatrist. So now I'm reading "Compulsion" which is about a murder of a young infant. I love John Grisham, Lisa Scotoline, and others. I also lov...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: What is it like to be nonverbal/non-speaking?

Posted: 09 May 2016, 5:06 pm 

Replies: 18
Views: 1,529


I was non-verbal until I was 5. I was a classic "Kanner's syndrome" case in that I didn't relate to other children or most other people. I was told later by my mother that I seemed to be floating around in my own world. What I do remember about that period of my life is a LOT of disorganiz...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Food textures

 Post subject: Re: Food textures
Posted: 09 May 2016, 4:58 pm 

Replies: 85
Views: 11,017


I've always been limited in food choices. I hate squishy, soft things such as most citrus fruit, tomatoes. Hate cauliflower, cabbages, Brussels sprouts because of the flavor. Same with shrimp, hate the flavor. I don't hardly eat any fruit. When I was young, my mother told me that I'd get scurvy. Wel...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Experts in the spectrum vs. NT experts

Posted: 09 May 2016, 4:50 pm 

Replies: 15
Views: 1,952


I have a therapist (the one who diagnosed me) who is very good and empathetic of autistic people such as myself. As far as I know, she is NT, but it doesn't matter. However, as far as the NT "experts" who write books and are in academia, many of them haven't a clue about autism. They come ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: To diagnose or not to diagnose?

Posted: 03 May 2016, 1:23 am 

Replies: 56
Views: 1,288


I think that you should get a diagnosis from a psychiatrist or psychologist who is experienced in autism issues. I did that; I was diagnosed as on the autism spectrum and it was a great relief to know, though I had suspected it for many years. Check if your insurance will cover it; mine does.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Which aspie trait you don't have?

Posted: 03 May 2016, 1:18 am 

Replies: 37
Views: 1,755


I understand sarcasm and metaphor. I am a writer of fiction and I use metaphors all the time. I not only understand sarcasm, I can give out a sarcastic remark with the best of them. I have empathy and understand how people feel. I was quite good at sports when I was younger.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Anybody else with autism habits?

Posted: 01 May 2016, 12:42 am 

Replies: 17
Views: 622


I was non-verbal until I was around 5. I used to wander around, avoiding other children. I used to keep things in my mouth (my version of stimming). I was and still am very picky about my food. I rarely look people in the eye; if I look someone in the eye, then if they say something, I don't underst...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Feeling different to other aspies

Posted: 01 May 2016, 12:33 am 

Replies: 25
Views: 1,409


If you've met an autistic person, then you've met one autistic person. We are all different in many ways.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Official diagnosis feels weird...

Posted: 01 May 2016, 12:26 am 

Replies: 27
Views: 959


My therapist, who is the psychiatrist who diagnosed me 3 months ago, isn't trying to make me more neurotypical. She's helping me, as an autistic person, deal with my environment. She led me to a "Meet UP" group of other autistic adults. I've had so much fun meeting and making friends with ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Autreat?

 Post subject: Re: Autreat?
Posted: 30 Apr 2016, 2:39 am 

Replies: 7
Views: 871


I don't know what's going on with Autreat. I tried to join the listserv, but never got any response. However, to meet autistic people, my psychiatrist, the one who diagnosed me (and with whom I'm engaging in a course of therapy) suggested the "Meet Up" groups. These groups have "meet-...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: ADD, ASD or both? Please help - I need to understand

Posted: 30 Apr 2016, 2:30 am 

Replies: 8
Views: 274


There is an old saying about autistic people: when you've met one autistic person, you've met one autistic person. I strongly suspected that I was autistic because when I was quite young, I was non-verbal; I didn't talk until I was 4-5. My mother told me that one of the doctors that she took me to s...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Asperger traits in females?

Posted: 29 Apr 2016, 12:02 am 

Replies: 39
Views: 2,006


I was recently diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. I can relate to the "chart 1" in the article.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Do people really know what Asperger's syndrome is??

Posted: 28 Apr 2016, 11:57 pm 

Replies: 40
Views: 1,962


When most "ordinary" NT people think of autism, they think of some pathetic child off in his/her own world, non-verbal, babbling incoherently or else silent, staring out in space, not relating at all to other human beings. I started life out that way, but with some early intervention, I be...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Biggest fear coming true

Posted: 26 Apr 2016, 12:20 am 

Replies: 27
Views: 1,284


You've only recently been diagnosed, right? So for most of your life, you tried to "pass" ... and now you're exhausted from the effort. We all become less flexible as we age. I heartily resented managers who tried to mold me into whatever they thought they'd like me to be. (And oh, can I ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: I do NOT want to be cured for Autism Spectrum Disorder!

Posted: 22 Apr 2016, 11:36 pm 

Replies: 78
Views: 2,229


I can't be cured of autism any more than I can be cured of having blue eyes. Autism is a part of me, I was born with autism. If somehow someone waved a magic wand and cured me of autism, I wouldn't be me any longer. I don't want to be "cured." I like having intense interests, I like the op...
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