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 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: In defence of the self-DX "mild" Aspies...

Posted: 06 Jul 2011, 7:53 pm 

Replies: 56
Views: 4,075

I certainly wouldn't assume that anyone that self-diagnoses is just doing it for attention (or any of the other silly reasons you read about). I think most self diagnose for the same reason that people seek a formal diagnosis. I also don't think we should assume that someone that self-diagnoses is, ...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: NTs: How do you experience the World differently?

Posted: 20 Jun 2011, 8:29 am 

Replies: 4
Views: 1,343

Interesting question. I'm NT and my son has AS. It seems to me that one of the biggest differences involves what we pay attention to. If my son and I both walk into a party, he and I will SEE exactly the same visual scene. However, my attention will immediately (and mostly involuntarily) be drawn to...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Jobs for People with Autism

Posted: 31 May 2011, 2:13 pm 

Replies: 10
Views: 1,561

I grew up in the country and was not diagnosed ever. I worked in factories and industrial jobs. I was a hard worker but knew that I did not fit in. I knew that I was too smart for those types of jobs. I have a strong artistic passion but cannot draw. I am about to start school for computer networki...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Theory of mind test for kids, what can you come up with?

Posted: 31 May 2011, 2:01 pm 

Replies: 3
Views: 1,538

What is interesting is that, as a NT, I completely missed the fact that there are ambiguities in the question. Since you brought it up, though, I can think of quite a few: What if Sally simply forgets where she left the ball? In that case, who knows where she will first look? She might even have an ...

 Forum: The Haven   Topic: I've been slandered.

Posted: 20 May 2011, 8:48 am 

Replies: 26
Views: 3,147

I would highly suggest avoiding any contact with her if possible. There is a very real danger that you could appear (to others) as obsessing over her. In court, skilled lawyers CAN AND WILL use that to make it appear that her accusations have merit. Keep in mind that a court case might well be decid...

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: Is sarcasm/witticism a social skill?

Posted: 20 May 2011, 8:31 am 

Replies: 4
Views: 1,357

I think it is a social skill since it's largely used for the purpose of influencing social interactions to one's advantage. It is partly a learned skill (there are no 2 year olds that are skilled at this by adult standards), although it's obviously true that people have varying levels of natural tal...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: You're not an Aspie if...

Posted: 17 May 2011, 12:41 pm 

Replies: 98
Views: 10,205

You're not an aspie if:

you have, from the age of 3 onwards, been able to easily read facial expressions, tone of voice, and body language without conscious effort.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: AS Thinking vs. NT Thinking: An Analogy for the Masses

Posted: 13 May 2011, 10:28 am 

Replies: 19
Views: 2,070

I very much like your analogy. I'm NT and I have a son with AS. I've always felt that the main difference between my social judgements and his are that mine are automatic -- it's like a "social interaction" program that ALWAYS runs in the background with no user input required. With my son, it's as ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Having Babies

Posted: 13 May 2011, 10:12 am 

Replies: 54
Views: 6,581

My older son has Asperger syndrome. After he was diagnosed, our pediatrician tried to get us to see a genetic counselor "to help us decide whether or not we want to have more children". The implication clearly was that our doctor was hoping we would choose not to have another child because of the i...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Set of scientific tests related to Autism Spectrum Disorders

Posted: 11 May 2011, 10:28 am 

Replies: 788
Views: 1,286,096

Your Aspie score: 76 of 200
Your neurotypical (non-autistic) score: 143 of 200
You are very likely neurotypical

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Having Babies

Posted: 11 May 2011, 9:50 am 

Replies: 54
Views: 6,581

As far as I am aware, there is no forced sterilization in the US. However, there is a kind of "soft eugenics" in which varying levels of social pressure are used to discourage certain people from having children. My older son has Asperger syndrome. After he was diagnosed, our pediatrician tried to g...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Approaching a meltdown, but no one believes me.

Posted: 11 May 2011, 9:31 am 

Replies: 8
Views: 2,235

It really sounds to me like your current job may not suit you. It sounds like your job requires you to deal with a lot of other people -- most of them strangers. That seems to me like the kind of job that would be very difficult and stressful for many people with Aspergers. Is there a good career co...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: If there was a "cure" to autism/aspergers would u?

Posted: 05 May 2011, 10:34 am 

Replies: 133
Views: 13,267

I'm NT but if you handed me a pill that would cure my son's Asperger syndrome, I wouldn't try to make him take it. To do so would amount to saying that I want a different son -- that he isn't good enough. I don't feel that way at all. I'm proud of him and I'm proud to be his father. I wouldn't even ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: The Onion ridicules people with autism.

Posted: 31 Jan 2011, 2:29 pm 

Replies: 154
Views: 17,791

Ok, I understand the idea that the Onion is all about humor but this is simply insulting: ... opl,18983/

Perhaps if enough people complain about this, they'll get the message that this isn't funny.

 Forum: School and College Life   Topic: Unpleasant situation with my classmate again

Posted: 07 Jan 2011, 10:26 am 

Replies: 7
Views: 1,760

It sounds to me like she is feeling anxious about her own grade and is worrying because you seem to understand the material and she doesn't. I think she is reacting negatively to you because she is afraid that she won't do well. I encountered this kind of situation frequently in college and in grad ...
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