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 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Terms for Asperger's

Posted: 05 May 2014, 4:52 pm 

Replies: 5
Views: 456

For the high language skills, youy might want to phrase it "use of professorial or overly technical vocabulary and expression". Last year I had written on article for people contemplating taking the GED instead of graduating high school the traditional route. My supervisor was sore at me, claiming I...

 Forum: Getting to know each other   Topic: I'm 46, and just found out.

Posted: 05 May 2014, 4:32 pm 

Replies: 16
Views: 908

Hi, Off Topic! You're in good company here. Lots of late diagnosees on this site -- some well into their senior years. I was diagnosed 9 months ago when I was pushing 48 and it's been the sleigh ride from hell since then. Like you, I was intellectually advanced over my peers all my life, but my soci...

 Forum: Work and finding a Job   Topic: Anyone have experience with EEOC (USA) and mediation?

Posted: 02 May 2014, 2:09 pm 

Replies: 5
Views: 1,140

There's no harm in going to mediation, especially if you are looking for a solution that won't necessarily preserve your job. If you don't want to accept your employer's offer, you can proceed with the charge. However, then you're playing an all-or-nothing game. If you fail to prove the EEOC charge,...

 Forum: Work and finding a Job   Topic: The Longest Term of employement before getting fired.

Posted: 02 May 2014, 1:45 pm 

Replies: 19
Views: 1,134

I worked as the Head of Reference at a major public library for 13 years. They noticed my social errors and oddities, but didn't use a mistake to fire me until I revealed my autism spectrum disorder. It took 6 months of legal wrangling and filing an EEOC charge, but eventually I was reinstated on ad...

 Forum: News and Current Events   Topic: blood of the oldest living female

Posted: 29 Apr 2014, 3:51 pm 

Replies: 6
Views: 485

Why are we so preoccupied with extending our lives? Only if we proportionately extend our productivity does it make any kind of sense at all. However, with the worries of hitting ten billion within decades, bringing down the natural death rate will only heighten our overpopulation and sustainable li...

 Forum: News and Current Events   Topic: Is the discovery of Keplar 186f bad news for earthlings?

Posted: 29 Apr 2014, 3:10 pm 

Replies: 33
Views: 1,470

Without getting into "ancient aliens" or the farther out UFO conspiracies, I don't discount that we may already have been visited by intelligent alien life and we have probably been seeded at various times with microscopic life hitching rides on meteors and perhaps our own spacecraft. However, I thi...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Can People with Asperger's syndrome learn how to drive a Car

Posted: 24 Apr 2014, 5:50 pm 

Replies: 90
Views: 14,543

I wasn't aware when I was growing up that I was an Aspie and that was occasioning motor skills delays. I flunked driver's ed the first time around and had to beg my instructor to pass me the second time around by promising not to seek my license until my 17th birthday. Despite some crabbiness from t...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: More NT questions about Aspergers

Posted: 24 Apr 2014, 4:13 pm 

Replies: 19
Views: 1,135

A party downtown with loud music and lots of strangers is a recipe for profound sensory overload and anxiety for an Aspie. Don't drop your Aspie friend. Invite him to do things one-on-one with you or with a small group of friends who he mostly knows, so it's not so overwhelming. A lot of us do like ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Main Differences with AS between Girls and Boys???

Posted: 24 Apr 2014, 3:57 pm 

Replies: 51
Views: 2,587

I can only speak from my experience as a late-diagnosed female with Asperger's. As a child, I largely internalized my troubles and didn't act out. However, there were things that I believe would have been acted on more aggressively had I been male. Unfortunately, within the educational establishment...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Any side dissorders?

Posted: 22 Apr 2014, 4:04 pm 

Replies: 57
Views: 1,931

Actually my ASD is a side disorder of Goldenhar Syndrome, which causes an array of neurological deficits in addition to the better known craniofacial and other somatic defects. I also have major depression and anxiety issues.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Citalopram - Day One - Nasty Side Effect

Posted: 22 Apr 2014, 3:21 pm 

Replies: 14
Views: 665

Call your psych or whoever prescribed it. Your md can best make the call and tell you if it's likely the med and make a substitution if it is the problem. Since that was a violent reaction, I wouldn't take another, however, until you talk to your md. I wouldn't wait around on calling in the meantime...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: When did you first start riding a bike.

Posted: 21 Apr 2014, 4:55 pm 

Replies: 16
Views: 918

I've meant to ask the forum about this myself. I didn't learn to ride a bike until I was 7 (got my first bike of my own for my 8th birthday). I didn't learn to swim until even later. I wasn't able to learn to march when in training for the National Guard. I flunked driver's ed in school the first ti...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: What the counselor said *UPDATED*

Posted: 21 Apr 2014, 4:41 pm 

Replies: 50
Views: 2,540

Just find out if these counselors have experience with adults on the spectrum before you go to them. I've found that the general ignorance of adults on the spectrum extends all the way to some PhD psychologists. I encountered one of this breed that loved to give personality tests, but was ignorant o...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: does your dad have autism Traits

Posted: 16 Apr 2014, 2:21 pm 

Replies: 42
Views: 2,062

I didn't see it until after I realized I had Asperger's, but my father definitely had some characteristics of ASD: limited social relationships; difficulties in displaying emotion and making emotional attachments (though he did better when I got older); completely socially oblivious; limited but int...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Just Diagnosed at 29. So Confused.

Posted: 16 Apr 2014, 1:39 pm 

Replies: 43
Views: 1,822

We're familiar with the feeling, James. Some of us spent decades trying to fit in and didn't know why we were failing. In my case, I wasn't officially diagnosed until this past summer when I was approaching 48 and there are plenty of people around who were diagnosed at a later age than I was. Coming...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Pets and Aspiies

Posted: 16 Apr 2014, 1:23 pm 

Replies: 19
Views: 1,121

I love all animals. I used to be docent at the zoo and many years ago helped my mother foster animals for the humane society. I still go to the zoo frequently and I'm the crazy person you will catch communing with the cougars, trying to be Dr. Doolittle. However, I only have cats as pets. I have had...
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