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 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: From Autistic Linear Spectrum to Pie Chart Spectrum

Posted: Yesterday, 7:14 pm 

Replies: 10
Views: 213


I don't think "my autism is 20% X" is even a meaningful statement.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: From Autistic Linear Spectrum to Pie Chart Spectrum

Posted: Yesterday, 11:33 am 

Replies: 10
Views: 213


The term she wants is "star chart," not pie chart. A pie chart shows you percents of a whole. Like, "Your autism is 20% meltdowns and 70% sensory issues." That wouldn't make sense. A star chart organized data along each point. So if the "sensory issues" point is long, t...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Two types of masking?

 Post subject: Re: Two types of masking?
Posted: 13 Aug 2022, 12:54 am 

Replies: 19
Views: 548


kraftiekortie wrote:
But what makes your son embarrassed about having people know he likes cats?

I have no idea. I wish I could convince him that liking cats is perfectly normal. But after a year of going to pet the neighborhood cats almost every day, he has finally started to accept that his siblings know.

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Autistics and spiritual communities

Posted: 13 Aug 2022, 12:45 am 

Replies: 36
Views: 854


Yes because it was viewed as sin to celebrate religious holidays because the first century church had no religious holidays. That's not true. Jesus himself celebrated Jewish holidays. It's in the New Testament! "Then came the Festival of Dedication at Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was in...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Two types of masking?

 Post subject: Re: Two types of masking?
Posted: 12 Aug 2022, 11:33 pm 

Replies: 19
Views: 548


I hope people can find ways to avoid having to do such stressful things, at least around friends and family and loved ones. It seems like a lot of people are more worried about being judged than it's actually worth, though. School can be brutal, yes, but here in the adult world there's a lot more ro...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Moderate autism sucks. (Discussion/vent)

Posted: 12 Aug 2022, 11:16 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 268


My son has moderate autism. I understand where you're coming from. It's definitely a kind of invisible spot. He's verbal, thankfully, but still needs tons of love and support.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Demonized for Crushing on People-A Common Stigma?

Posted: 12 Aug 2022, 11:12 pm 

Replies: 13
Views: 335


Yes, my current crush is a woman, and a longtime friend of 15 years. I've crushed on her for years and actually told I had feelings for her several years ago. While she didn't have feelings for me back then, she didn't respond negatively at all back then, and we just carried on being close friends....

 Forum: In-Depth Adult Life Discussion   Topic: Has anyone else experienced this?

Posted: 12 Aug 2022, 11:04 pm 

Replies: 9
Views: 230


I think many autistic people simply grow up more slowly when it comes to social/emotional things. So it's not that they never develop this or that skill--it just takes longer. Doesn't change who you are any more than any other part of aging.

 Forum: In-Depth Adult Life Discussion   Topic: The Construct of Asperger's Syndrome

Posted: 12 Aug 2022, 11:00 pm 

Replies: 6
Views: 243


Your life and experiences are fascinating, Jimmy. Thank you for sharing them with us. I have been learning all sorts of things about the brain hemispheres lately. It's incredible what people can recover from. I hope you continue to improve.

 Forum: In-Depth Adult Life Discussion   Topic: Having an embarrassing meltdown at age 44

Posted: 11 Aug 2022, 5:32 pm 

Replies: 9
Views: 197


Please don't tell people you "ran out of spoons." They won't understand.

A simple "I broke down due to stress. I'm sorry," will go a long way with most people.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Two types of masking?

 Post subject: Re: Two types of masking?
Posted: 11 Aug 2022, 5:27 pm 

Replies: 19
Views: 548


I really don't understand this concept of "masking" as substantially different from stuff NTs do, too. The article gives the example of making fake smiles, but NTs do that all the time, especially everyone in service jobs like waiters and cashiers. Then it talks about pretending to be inte...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Why do people ask if I’m ok?

Posted: 11 Aug 2022, 5:15 pm 

Replies: 15
Views: 345


You are giving off some sign that you might not be ok, and they are checking to see how you are doing because they care about you. They might not actually be aware enough of what different moods and expressions look like to be able to verbalize what made them think something might be wrong, or after...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Throwing Yourself an Unmasking Party?

Posted: 11 Aug 2022, 5:11 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 141


I like the idea of a party and definitely think you should throw one for yourself. Life is short. Have fun! You might consider changing the theme from "unmasking" to something a little more flexible like "being the best I can be" or "being myself." Either way, I think w...

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: Massachusetts groundbreaking law for college students

Posted: 09 Aug 2022, 7:47 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 213


I can not agree with some of this. Making accommodations for people who are intelligent enough for college level work but whose disabilities/neurodivergence would under normal circumstances prohibit them from handling college is a good thing. But allowing people who are not intelligent enough to ha...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: No symptoms until puberty?

Posted: 09 Aug 2022, 7:38 pm 

Replies: 18
Views: 432


Hello and welcome. That sounds very rough for both you and your daughter. I think it's important to keep your goals in mind, whatever they are. (Obviously your big picture goal is helping her feel better.) BTW, has her doctor given her a full medical workup to rule out any health problems? A boy I k...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Personality

 Post subject: Re: Personality
Posted: 09 Aug 2022, 7:10 pm 

Replies: 15
Views: 361


I've mellowed a lot.
I used to be very lonely, which made me cranky. Now I have my family and am happy.
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