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 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Do you still doubt?

 Post subject: Re: Do you still doubt?
Posted: 02 Sep 2015, 12:57 pm 

Replies: 19
Views: 975

I definitely do, because in some ways, I don't present the "classic" ASD traits, so like some of the others in this thread, I wonder if it's really ASD or a combination of other factors that, when combined, very closely mimic ASDs. And yet, if you were to give me the DSM-V definition and a...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: How Autism affects the voice

Posted: 05 Feb 2015, 2:08 am 

Replies: 34
Views: 1,992

I have issues with appropriate volume—sometimes I speak too loudly, other times too softly. As for my accent, I've lived in California my whole life, but others have told me that I sound like I come from elsewhere in the US. One person told me I have "no accent."

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Why did my autistic traits show up later in life?

Posted: 04 Feb 2015, 2:53 pm 

Replies: 20
Views: 1,364

I was aware that I was a little different from a fairly young age—maybe it was when other kids my age were interested in "normal" kids stuff while I drew traffic signals—but I never really thought too much of it until I was in my 20s and started learning about ASDs. I think I'm just more a...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Do you have a need for certainty

Posted: 04 Feb 2015, 2:35 pm 

Replies: 24
Views: 1,079

I dislike uncertainty insofar as I dislike not knowing exactly what's expected of me (e.g. if I'm asked to do something at work), and I dislike going into certain social situations when I don't know what's going to happen. I don't like not knowing how to respond to situations.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Kinds of shoes you can't wear.

Posted: 04 Feb 2015, 2:23 pm 

Replies: 47
Views: 2,587

I avoid sandals and flip-flops for mostly practical reasons: I don't want debris to get stuck under my feet and I want shoes that will stay on my feet as I walk around. Aside from that, I have flat feet, so I can't wear shoes that have arch supports. I usually wear skate shoes most of the time since...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Does anyone else do this?

Posted: 24 Jan 2015, 4:04 am 

Replies: 14
Views: 635

Sometimes I talk to myself, but I'm not actually talking directly to myself. What I mean is, I'm often quoting something I like (usually a video, movie or show), especially something I've seen recently. This is actually what I do more often than I just talk to myself, though I do both. For example,...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: What's an autistic walk?

Posted: 28 Sep 2014, 2:33 am 

Replies: 52
Views: 7,023

I do the slouching/no arm-swinging/looking-at-the-ground thing when I walk. I have no idea why; it just feels most comfortable. I don't know if there's an "autistic walk," per se, but all the material on ASDs I've read suggests that an "awkward gait" (whatever that means) is common. "Common," of cou...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Haircut issues

Posted: 27 Sep 2014, 6:14 pm 

Replies: 31
Views: 3,024

Haircuts are annoying, and I only get them when I can no longer tolerate my hair. It's out of my routine (and therefore easy to put off), the social aspects are uncomfortable, and even though you describe how you want it or show a photo, you never quite know what you're going to get. I last had it c...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Please share the reactions of your family and friends

Posted: 11 Jul 2014, 8:50 pm 

Replies: 26
Views: 1,346

Reactions I get tend to vary wildly, from "I knew that for a while" and "You're definitely quirky" to "you're just trying to find something wrong with yourself."

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Can you control your stims?

Posted: 11 Jun 2014, 1:00 pm 

Replies: 13
Views: 1,800

I don't really try to suppress them; the only thing I do is I try to go with less obvious ones if I'm on sitting directly next to someone. My mom would scold me over my constant leg-jigglingand how it would disturb others.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Are you double jointed or hypermobile?

Posted: 11 Jun 2014, 3:02 am 

Replies: 24
Views: 1,384

I am not double-jointed, but I am fairly limber, as are a number of others in my family. I have a couple family members who are also somewhat double-jointed.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Why do I struggle with asking questions during conversations

Posted: 11 Jun 2014, 2:50 am 

Replies: 8
Views: 848

Speaking for myself, it's a mix of things: part lack of interest, part sluggish social processing (my mind goes blank even though I'm not anxious), part not knowing I'm expected to show interest. This bit describes my experiences well (from

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Animals licking you...

Posted: 11 Jun 2014, 2:41 am 

Replies: 57
Views: 3,661

I don't mind it if it's just a few licks, but I can't stand dogs that won't stop licking. My sister's dongs are like that--once they start licking they won't stop unless you shove them away. It's a bit much.

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: Autistic contestant on ‘Wheel of Fortune’

Posted: 02 May 2014, 1:59 am 

Replies: 3
Views: 791

Not sure if anyone here watched Wheel of Fortune Thursday night, but... An Arizona man who survived nine brain surgeries, one open heart surgery and has Tourette syndrome, as well as Asperger syndrome, is a viral star after his “smashing” run on “Wheel of Fortune.”

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Which of these ASD subtypes are you?

Posted: 29 Apr 2014, 10:07 pm 

Replies: 61
Views: 3,871

Type 4 is probably the closest to me, though there are some elements of the others that I can relate to as well.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Strange Sitting Habits?

Posted: 25 Apr 2014, 10:21 pm 

Replies: 34
Views: 4,540

Below is what I do (“double crossing” my legs). Please note, this is only an example. I am a guy…and my legs don’t look like that! LOL. When I was 11, I remember another kid pointing out how I sat "like a girl." Up until that point I didn't realize ...
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