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 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Recommended Reading on AS/Parenting

Posted: 21 Oct 2015, 8:29 pm 

Replies: 125
Views: 291,850


The new book NeuroTribes by Steve Silberman is supposed to be quite good. I haven't gotten to read it yet but would like to.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Being told to smile...

 Post subject: Re: Being told to smile...
Posted: 08 Aug 2015, 3:56 pm 

Replies: 60
Views: 3,263


There may be something other than sexism at work here. Isn't a very slight smile the "default" expression on a woman's face with her muscles relaxed? No. There is no single standard default expression for any particular gender (the presumption that there is is based on stereotyping which ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Being told to smile...

 Post subject: Re: Being told to smile...
Posted: 08 Aug 2015, 1:34 pm 

Replies: 60
Views: 3,263


This is a very common NT complaint, too. I'm not sure if it's bullying, but it is sexism because men are not told to smile like women are told to smile. It's not a social thing; it's a sexist thing. I get told all the time to smile. Not female. Definitely male. This is not sexism, this is just anot...

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: Service dog alerts to self harm (aspergers)

Posted: 01 Aug 2015, 4:43 pm 

Replies: 7
Views: 928


I am an aspies and I have had issues with both self injurious behaviors and meltdowns (usually separate events though some people do have them together). I also work with a service dog and some of her tasks have to do with intervening to stop, prevent, and help recover from these two issues. These a...

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: "spoiled brat, undisciplined, unetitled"

Posted: 01 Aug 2015, 4:25 pm 

Replies: 16
Views: 1,898


is unetitled even a word? And going around leaving rude stickers on your neighbors car seems much more like undisciplined, spoiled brat behavior than I imagine this moms son has displayed..considering autism 'symptoms' aren't just some choice like going around leaving rude stickers. Why can't the p...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: I don't understand how smiling is friendly

Posted: 01 Aug 2015, 4:19 pm 

Replies: 21
Views: 1,151


Its a cultural form of nonverbal communication. In most Western cultures when someone smiles it just means that they are happy and/or that they like you and thus are happy to see you (hence the friendly interpretation because that is what they are trying to emote with their facial expressions). Ther...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Being told to smile...

 Post subject: Re: Being told to smile...
Posted: 01 Aug 2015, 4:14 pm 

Replies: 60
Views: 3,263


If she seems friendly all other times then I would suggest discussing this with her in private before doing anything else or determining whether it is bullying or not. You could just say "I do not like when you call me out and tell me to smile because it singles me out, and makes me uncomfortab...

 Forum: Women's Discussion   Topic: What do you think about housewives and feminism?

Posted: 02 Jul 2015, 2:50 am 

Replies: 83
Views: 2,919


There is nothing anti-feminist about choosing to be a housewife. Yes, you have the right to work but if the work you want to do and makes you happy is managing a household you have the right to do that. If want to dress in vintage 1950s garb, you have the right to do that. Feminism is about equality...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Visual stimming

 Post subject: Re: Visual stimming
Posted: 02 Jul 2015, 2:42 am 

Replies: 19
Views: 4,250


Stimming behaviors can be very difficult to change. Generally speaking, unless the behavior is self injurious or so intense (either in type or duration) that impedes his ability to function it is usually best to just accept it. You can try to set up a designated "stimming area” where he can go ...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: 13YO Aspie son likes wearing bras/panties

Posted: 02 Jul 2015, 2:16 am 

Replies: 20
Views: 16,077


It could be phase or a comfort thing which he could outgrow or not. Cross-dressing often doesn't have anything to do with sexual orientation nor is it necessarily indicative of any gender orientation issues. Many male cross-dressers are strait cis men. It’s good that you are communicating with your ...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: School not protecting my son!!

Posted: 02 Jul 2015, 2:00 am 

Replies: 12
Views: 1,609


There are some people who do this. Many paraprofessionals are decent people who care about the students and want to help them. Unfortunately, some are not. It sounds like your son's aid is in the latter group. It is good that your friend is reporting this to the principal as there will be an inside ...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: HELP - School targeting son as possible "Columbine shoo

Posted: 02 Jul 2015, 1:38 am 

Replies: 24
Views: 2,654


I am not sure about the laws regarding private schools but it does sound like they are specifically targeting your son based on misconceptions related to ASDs. I would definitely seek counsel from a lawyer with a background in disability based discrimination. I think you should meet with the school ...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Recommended Reading on AS/Parenting

Posted: 02 Jul 2015, 12:50 am 

Replies: 125
Views: 291,850


1. The Complete Guide To Asperger's Syndrome by Dr. Tony Attwood -A great resource for anyone who wants to know more about/understand Asperger's (parents, people on the spectrum, educators, professionals, etc.). It is comprehensive but is written clearly for any level of familiarity. 2. The Discover...

 Forum: In-Depth Adult Life Discussion   Topic: Can I have some advice please?

Posted: 11 Apr 2014, 8:28 pm 

Replies: 15
Views: 1,734


There as already been some pretty good advice. Another option is to look for a house/apartment with roommates/housemates to split the living expenses.

 Forum: In-Depth Adult Life Discussion   Topic: I WISH I had my own place!

Posted: 11 Apr 2014, 8:24 pm 

Replies: 15
Views: 2,491


You're not alone. Many people are forced to live with their parents or move back in with their parents. The economy makes it difficult for many to live independently. I am 28 and rent a room in a house with other adults because I can't afford an apartment. Before I came to grad school I lived with m...

 Forum: The Haven   Topic: My Mom is in the hospital

Posted: 11 Apr 2014, 8:17 pm 

Replies: 7
Views: 488


Wishing your mom a quick recovery. You did a good job getting her the medical treatment she needed.
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