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 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: No one wants disagreement

Posted: 02 Jun 2020, 3:18 pm 

Replies: 17
Views: 1,214


It’s better to assert what you think is right in a diplomatic manner. Make sure you assert what is right, without insulting a person you are debating with. I have found that if the topic is too controversial or is a trigger for the other individual it is best just to agree and not debate it or to q...

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: No one wants disagreement

Posted: 02 Jun 2020, 3:16 pm 

Replies: 17
Views: 1,214


People always tell me that I should try to be more assertive and point out when I disagree or object to something someone did. This is, obviously, up until the moment I disagree with the person telling me that or object to something they did. Much like how when people say I should express my anger ...

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: Figure out what things turns friends and their families off

Posted: 02 Jun 2020, 3:12 pm 

Replies: 8
Views: 566


I was bullied ever since I can remember. In third grade I invited my entire class to my birthday party and no one showed up, not one person. I cried and cried. It helped me to build a friendship with a new kid the next year who was also bullied. No one went to his birthday party except me and one ot...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: The Secret Code Of Smalltalk...

Posted: 13 Apr 2020, 5:18 pm 

Replies: 24
Views: 592


Remember that typically NTs don't even have "special interests" in the autistic se"nse... but do engage in small talk. One technique when caught in a small talk situation is to say nothing at all, but rather, smile and nod. There can also be some verbal responses that mean nothing, b...

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: How is pandemic influencing social-skill concerns?

Posted: 10 Apr 2020, 10:59 am 

Replies: 28
Views: 7,698


* Can it be said that the degrees of social-distancing might offer rough indicators of just how well we are acquainted with specific people? * Anybody feel that AS/HFA perspectives on social skills & making friends will be changed once stay-at-home orders are lifted?? To the first question, may...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Those who can hide there autism?

Posted: 10 Apr 2020, 10:42 am 

Replies: 59
Views: 1,555


I love belko61 wrote:
I had that same phone issue. Much better now though. :)


How did you overcome that? That happens to me frequently both on the phone and in person :(

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Those who can hide there autism?

Posted: 10 Apr 2020, 10:39 am 

Replies: 59
Views: 1,555


I've masked in some form since childhood but got better over the years with practice and a lot of self-learning using youtube videos about body language and how to guides on interviews, dating, small talk, how to use double-speak and politician verbal and nonverbal techniques, how to be charismatic ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Diagnosis Question 38y female ADHD w/ ASD traits.

Posted: 07 Apr 2020, 10:18 am 

Replies: 21
Views: 648


ADOS is very much geared toward males, as it was created through researching only men and boys. You are most likely high functioning ASD as well as having ADHD. I understand that some members are disappointed with the evaluations you have had. However, I can't see how it's helpful to repeat myths a...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Diagnosis Question 38y female ADHD w/ ASD traits.

Posted: 06 Apr 2020, 9:15 am 

Replies: 21
Views: 648


It's always so frustrating knowing how many women go through this, especially if you have both ASD and ADHD. ADOS is very much geared toward males, as it was created through researching only men and boys. You are most likely high functioning ASD as well as having ADHD. I had a similar diagnosis, whe...

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: "Your autism must be mild." Response ideas?

Posted: 03 Apr 2020, 5:19 pm 

Replies: 43
Views: 1,875


Them: Your autism must be mild. Sarcastic response ideas: Your ignorance must be severe. What's that supposed to mean?! *stern face, then start laughing* "Being normal is vastly overrated." (from Halloweentown) Really? I thought my autism was hot. ;) More realistic, brief responses: Only u...

 Forum: The Haven   Topic: Freaking Out About Coronavirus

Posted: 03 Apr 2020, 5:05 pm 

Replies: 11
Views: 303


I have to stop going on the internet at night. But there's virtually nothing else for me to do at night, and anxiety always gets worse at that time, anyway. Even when I have a warm bath and lay down for a nap or to daydream the fear and dread won't leave me alone. It's always in the back of my mind...

 Forum: The Haven   Topic: Freaking Out About Coronavirus

Posted: 03 Apr 2020, 8:35 am 

Replies: 11
Views: 303


It's freaking me out so much too. I had a huge panic attack today, because I found out that someone I know has all the coronavirus symptoms, and he's been taking all the correct precautions, also he doesn't even work with other people. So if he caught it then there's a chance that anyone can catch ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Crash Socialisation Class

Posted: 02 Apr 2020, 3:09 pm 

Replies: 3
Views: 270


I found the following: https://alison.com/courses/communications These are communications courses, but some can be used to better understand social skills. For instance, they have classes on nonverbal communication and perception, group work, persuasion, business etiquette, working and living with d...

 Forum: The Haven   Topic: Freaking Out About Coronavirus

Posted: 02 Apr 2020, 2:51 pm 

Replies: 11
Views: 303


I’m freaking out sooooo much about this coronavirus. Yesterday I got depression, I stayed in bed until 12:45 pm. I cried a little bit, cuz I couldn’t find toilet paper, I still have some left, I been going toilet paper hunting, stores like Walmart & Target only do pick up. I don’t know how to d...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Do people act weirdly around you?

Posted: 02 Apr 2020, 2:01 pm 

Replies: 19
Views: 580


People at work normally don't talk to me. Out of 150+ people in an open office setting, I have less than five people who actually talk to me. I think just like how I don't know what to say, others don't know what to say to me too. I'm always with a fidget toy of some sort and my noise cancelling hea...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Employer tells me to keep my ASD 'quiet'

Posted: 02 Apr 2020, 1:47 pm 

Replies: 47
Views: 2,312


Given your field and the patients you help, I would consider it a valuable asset to have someone on the team who actually has and understands ASD. I would feel more comfortable seeking help from an organization who has someone who can relate to my issues. I see other people's perspectives and in gen...
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