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 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Self Diagnosed People: How Did You Learn About Autism?

Posted: 30 Nov 2019, 10:06 pm 

Replies: 47
Views: 734

I first heard of "autism" in the mid-1970's or so, first in a general book on mental health, and then again, a few years or so later, in a TV documentary on mental health. In both the book and the documentary, "infantile autism" was said to be a form of childhood schizophrenia. I...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Symptoms of autism appearing at age 4 or later

Posted: 29 Nov 2019, 1:41 am 

Replies: 42
Views: 672

One of my sons did show some minor sensory issues at 3-5 years, but nothing considered a red flag. At age 7 he had a sudden regression over the course of two weeks. His doctor called his presentation atypical, but not unheard of. He is now 9 and continues to regress, but at a muck slower rate. He w...

 Forum: News and Current Events   Topic: A lonely autistic boy ask "Would someone like me?"

Posted: 29 Nov 2019, 12:47 am 

Replies: 35
Views: 585

EzraS wrote:
I'm not upset with jimmy m or cyberdad and not trying to admonish. All the same an intellectually disabled man is still a man. If that man is actually even ID.

Agreed. Thanks for saying this.

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: Interview w/ Judy Singer, coiner of term "neurodiversity"

Posted: 27 Nov 2019, 11:26 am 

Replies: 3
Views: 156

Hmmm. Digging around for more info .... I just now found the About page for ASpar. It would appear that Judy Singer advocates "practical support, pharmaceutical advances and publicly funded social services" for autistic people. This page also says, "Judy still believes the necessary l...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Ever complained about noise and people made it worse?

Posted: 27 Nov 2019, 2:20 am 

Replies: 4
Views: 96

I'm very sorry to hear this!

In what part of the world is this "local government"?

Not asking you to reveal enough info to compromise your privacy. But, if you want anyone here to be able to give you any useful advice, you'll need to let us know at least what country you're in.

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: Interview w/ Judy Singer, coiner of term "neurodiversity"

Posted: 26 Nov 2019, 7:29 pm 

Replies: 3
Views: 156

Meet Judy Singer a NeuroDiversity Pioneer: An Interview with the Australian Sociologist who coined the term ‘Neurodiversity’ . Excerpt from the beginning of that page: Many of us would concur that the term Neurodiversity is representative of the fact that differences in neurology should be recogniz...

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: ASAN Position statements

Posted: 26 Nov 2019, 6:54 pm 

Replies: 24
Views: 464

Many Autism rights groups portray themselves as victims of systemic oppression, ignoring those of us who do not suffer from *systemic* oppression but rather natural human exclusion that is endemic to human nature, misunderstandings, etc... "Natural human exclusion" is systemic oppression....

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: Passive aggressive behavior

Posted: 26 Nov 2019, 5:43 am 

Replies: 26
Views: 748

Many people (including many NT's) naturally tend to be passive, aggressive, or passive-aggressive, unless they've specifically learned how to be assertive without being aggressive -- which is a skill that many people have not learned. Here is one of the better online tutorials (podcast and transcrip...

 Forum: Getting to know each other   Topic: questioning my whole identity

Posted: 24 Nov 2019, 3:00 am 

Replies: 18
Views: 288

The idea of an ASD diagnosis has really made me think deeply about my personality and who I am. I believe I have been using mirroring and masking since a young age. I realised that most times I'm interacting with someone, I'm masking. That's made me question my whole identity. It took my a while to...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Is Aspergers conflated with narcissism?

Posted: 23 Nov 2019, 9:53 pm 

Replies: 8
Views: 273

It seems that being a narcissist in our Western society is far less stigmatized than being ASD/HFA, which is basically a deemed mental illness. Hmm, I don't think it's true that narcissism (or, at least, "malignant narcissism" or "narcissistic personality disorder") is less stig...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Does this forum help or hurt?

Posted: 23 Nov 2019, 5:57 pm 

Replies: 77
Views: 1,236

The problem is the number of fools giving out bad advice because they happen to be in a time of good luck in their lives, but thinking it's all their own doing. This disregard for the element of luck is what drives so many autistic people to depression... And those who are struggling and depressed ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Autistic Motor issues not thought about enough

Posted: 23 Nov 2019, 12:53 am 

Replies: 53
Views: 937

I also wonder how many of our health problems are caused by stress because every health issue I've had in the recent years, including an autoimmune disorder were all linked to stress. If the ND movement made things less stressful (ie. less need to mask, more understanding of sensory needs etc.) I w...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Is anyone hearing the global hum right now

Posted: 22 Nov 2019, 2:08 pm 

Replies: 133
Views: 1,376

Fnord wrote:
At about what frequency range?

Human hearing is only good down to about 17 Hz, which is too high to detect the Schumman frequency of 7.83 Hz.

Some autistic people may have a hearing range that's a little different from most other people's.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Autistic Motor issues not thought about enough

Posted: 22 Nov 2019, 2:06 pm 

Replies: 53
Views: 937

While I agree with the Neurodiversity movements idea that a lot of the problems autistic people face are caused correctable societal misunderstanding and discrimination of the way we think and express ourselves via body language, this is why I can’t agree with those that posit autism is just a gift...

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: Elon Musk thinks his chips can solve autism

Posted: 22 Nov 2019, 1:39 pm 

Replies: 26
Views: 677

The core symptoms of autism are caused by malformation of the cerebral cortex. Basically in extreme laymans terms because of a neuronal migration failure the group of vertical mini columns that make up the cortex are narrower and numerically greater than in NTs. Sadly more is less as being more den...
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