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 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Do you have meltdowns in your dreams?

Posted: 25 Aug 2010, 9:43 am 

Replies: 12
Views: 1,264

I have had MANY night terrors throughout my life, and one theme is the inability for other people to understand what I really mean and my inability to make myself understood. I wake up crying often, from the time I was a child through today, though it has generally lessened in the last few years.

 Forum: School and College Life   Topic: How do I start a club/support group on campus?

Posted: 25 Aug 2010, 9:41 am 

Replies: 3
Views: 982

The easiest way is to approach the dean of students or student programs office and explore the possibility of starting a club. You can let them know it is a student support group for students with a particular documented disability (you don't need to say which one early on) and then ask them about a...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Are Aspies supposed to be good at academics

Posted: 23 Aug 2010, 11:29 am 

Replies: 15
Views: 1,918

Nick, Remember that "patterns" do not always equal "Supposed to." While some Aspies, such as myself, excelled in environments like academics where rote memorization was expected and rewarded, that does not mean we do not have our own shortcomings. I had great difficulty with a variety of subjects th...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: What should I say to people who judge my child?

Posted: 23 Aug 2010, 11:23 am 

Replies: 47
Views: 7,592

Go up to the person and say quietly, but angrily, "he has autism, it's not his fault" The desired effect is that the person will start feeling guilty for what they've done, or at least stop because they know you're now judging them for what they're doing. I disagree. By doing this, you will be maki...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Self Downing

Posted: 13 Aug 2010, 8:13 am 

Replies: 12
Views: 1,575

It's probably very common for undiagnosed (and probably the Dx'ed) AS folk to feel like this, as we experience a lot of failure by the standards of the NT world. Moog, your first reply was sublime, your second right on the money. Undiagnosed AS as a child, literally mentally deSTROYed myself intern...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: I think I have Aspergers

Posted: 11 Aug 2010, 7:20 am 

Replies: 6
Views: 987

Get an official diagnosis from a certified psychologist who has experience working with young adults on the spectrum. I'm sure if you post your region someone will have a recommendation for you. Online quizzes can be helpful, but nothing will replace the counseling, experience, and evaluation that a...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Autism and one sided relationships.

Posted: 09 Aug 2010, 9:48 am 

Replies: 6
Views: 4,675

Most NTs respond to people who interest them in some way. Successful relationships for NATs tend to include a partner who has a specific need that is met by someone who is socially or conversationally challenged. We NATs tend not to ask lots of probing questions about small stuff, or focus on and in...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: What does ASD sound like?

Posted: 09 Aug 2010, 9:45 am 

Replies: 13
Views: 1,709

Beyond voice modulation and tone, there are also mannerisms and various wording of questions that can identify to trained professionals that an individual is likely on the spectrum. Many NATs can have difficulty prefacing questions, or making statements without an air of complete confidence. Sometim...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Does this count as stimming?

Posted: 08 Aug 2010, 8:15 am 

Replies: 7
Views: 1,580

Dandelion, Anything that we do to ourselves, to manipulate our senses, repeatedly, can be classified as a stim. Usually if you can imagine the act and very quickly restrain yourself from doing it, and you are not feeling compelled to do it, then it wouldn't necessarily be a "stim" But most of us hav...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Allergies

Posted: 08 Aug 2010, 8:07 am 

Replies: 8
Views: 891

Clumsy, I am a celiac, so I live gluten free. I think much of what you will have to get used to is preparing a lot of your own food. Fortunately, there is an increasing amount of different cookbooks that focus on removing certain foods from your diet. Also, it would be well worth the initial investm...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Does anyone think you have strange views?

Posted: 08 Aug 2010, 8:01 am 

Replies: 42
Views: 3,360

When people say "weird" they usually mean "outside of my framework." Since NTs cannot see the world as we do, most of our views will automatically be "weird" to them. However, my wife uses the term when she refers to anything that is not as she commonly understands it. We can move a plant and the ar...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Do you feel pain?

Posted: 08 Aug 2010, 7:54 am 

Replies: 17
Views: 1,654

I actually feel quite a bit of pain, but there are times when I can shrug something off. However, high pain tolerance is very common among those of us on the spectrum.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Medication Help/Suggestion/Advice Wanted!! !

Posted: 08 Aug 2010, 7:53 am 

Replies: 9
Views: 1,328

How long did you try Strettara for? I've just started and while those "flu" like symptoms are a great descriptor of how I feel for about 2 hours after I take it, my understanding is that feeling will dissipate.

 Forum: School and College Life   Topic: does anyone else here actually like statistics?

Posted: 08 Aug 2010, 7:51 am 

Replies: 22
Views: 2,919

Like most undergraduate students, I took the path of least resistance when I was in college, and since I was going to be an historian working with "people" I needed no statistics classes. Every day of my adult life I wish I had taken the course back then. I have had to work with statistics so much a...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Difficulty accepting other people

Posted: 06 Aug 2010, 7:51 am 

Replies: 9
Views: 1,325

Adam, First off, your feelings are totally normal. This is a common issue for many NTs as well. Shot in the dark, but coming from someone who felt much the same that you did (got turned off whenever a girl became interested in me, but was obsessed when I could be the unsuccessful pursuer), I think t...
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