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 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Authentic Autistic Self: How to find it?

Posted: 25 Nov 2023, 3:50 pm 

Replies: 23
Views: 446

its a lot to sort! I began after my diagnosis of autism at age 68 by figuring out what things I was forcing myself to do to please others, and figuring out what things I "had to do" were hardest. Then I had to figure out "work arounds" or substitutes/ alternatives for the things ...

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: Autistic drivers - legal changes

Posted: 23 Nov 2023, 6:52 am 

Replies: 26
Views: 516

horrifying and discriminatory to the max. watching with interest ms. Peel. keep us posted.

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: Early Diagnosis achieved

Posted: 23 Nov 2023, 6:49 am 

Replies: 8
Views: 188

would be interesting to see how it performs on old people... hope we hear more about this. very interesting and thanks for the post!

 Forum: News and Current Events   Topic: Are Electric Composters the Solution For Food Waste?

Posted: 23 Nov 2023, 6:48 am 

Replies: 3
Views: 197

I have made Composting a special interest for years. No need for electricity, anybody can learn how to compost in small or large quantities. When done correctly there is no smell, no bugs, almost no mess. Easy Peasy! Compost is the cycle of life complete from living matter to soil and back again, ov...

 Forum: Getting to know each other   Topic: This is also the place to say "Hi! I'm new"

Posted: 23 Nov 2023, 6:44 am 

Replies: 7
Views: 154


 Forum: Getting to know each other   Topic: hello there i am new here and allow me to introduce myself

Posted: 23 Nov 2023, 6:38 am 

Replies: 6
Views: 154

Welcome, what a wonderful screen name!! ! Glad you are with us. Humor always makes life better.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Diagnosis confirmed.

 Post subject: Re: Diagnosis confirmed.
Posted: 23 Nov 2023, 6:37 am 

Replies: 14
Views: 390

Congratulations and welcome. Diagnosed at 68 and it has made a tremendous difference in all aspects of my life. Suddenly so much of the past makes sense. It is a lot to sort! Take your time and learn all you can about your own brand of autism, how it affects you, how you can adjust things in your li...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Dyscalculia and excuse

 Post subject: Re: Dyscalculia and excuse
Posted: 23 Nov 2023, 6:33 am 

Replies: 36
Views: 804

some people don't understand that they can't train a fish to climb a tree either. Ignorance abounds, unless they insist on you performing math for them , it might be a moot point. People insist that I can learn "how to" do many things that my sensory processing differences will not let me ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: “Be yourself and you’ll attract the right friends”

Posted: 23 Nov 2023, 6:24 am 

Replies: 36
Views: 866

the best friends I ever had, and still have are ones with who I share interests. We built the friendships on shared activities surrounding the interests and some of the friendships have been life long, surviving long distance moves . I have one friend I have not seen in years, yet we email each othe...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Trauma or Disability

 Post subject: Re: Trauma or Disability
Posted: 23 Nov 2023, 6:21 am 

Replies: 7
Views: 329

it could be both! Autistic people tend to experience more trauma than NT, perhaps because our neurology does not process experiences the same as Neurotypical (there are lots of studies confirming the trauma statistics). So trauma and autism tend to "cross over" and symptoms mix. 20 years a...

 Forum: Getting to know each other   Topic: Another newbie

 Post subject: Re: Another newbie
Posted: 21 Nov 2023, 5:02 pm 

Replies: 8
Views: 154


 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Useful special interests and hyperfixations.

Posted: 21 Nov 2023, 5:00 pm 

Replies: 14
Views: 415

interest in horses and other animals led to certification as riding instructor and stable manager, ran 2 stables, did rescue rehabs, humane investigation, etc for several humane societies for both small animals and larger domestic animals, did that for about 50 years along with other jobs... now I a...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: how alienated were you?

 Post subject: Re: how alienated were you?
Posted: 20 Nov 2023, 5:53 pm 

Replies: 33
Views: 679

just like that in school, work, groups such as at church, etc or volunteer organizations I worked for, right up until I found out about my being autistic in my late 60s. "social struggles" must be present in order for us to obtain diagnosis as autistic.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Dissociation Without Trauma?

Posted: 20 Nov 2023, 5:50 pm 

Replies: 27
Views: 694

yes, see shutdown/associated with meltdown and sensory overwhelm and also "freeze" as a response to anxiety and overwhelm (based on trauma) You don't have to be experiencing trauma at the moment to "freeze" in response to overload or overwhelm either emotional or physical/sensory.

 Forum: Getting to know each other   Topic: New member intro - Mable, Lord of Soup

Posted: 14 Nov 2023, 8:04 am 

Replies: 13
Views: 404


 Forum: Getting to know each other   Topic: Hi! I was diagnosed with ASD-1 last week...and I'm terrified

Posted: 14 Nov 2023, 8:04 am 

Replies: 23
Views: 662

welcome! you are among others who understand. Rely on us for input and empathy, insights and suggestions. One of the best things about getting my diagnosis 4 years ago was realizing I was not alone! There are others "out there" who do understand! What a relief!
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