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 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Why do therapists make "engaging" so hard and unrewarding?

Posted: 08 Sep 2021, 6:48 pm 

Replies: 15
Views: 535


But since my parents always sided with my teachers and vice versa, I had no idea that teachers were mandated reporters too; I feared they'd rat me out to my parents and get me in trouble at home. Your teachers may or may not have been "mandated reporters" depending on how long ago this wa...

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: What is a good grown-up play date?

Posted: 08 Sep 2021, 12:32 pm 

Replies: 8
Views: 269


Whatever you do, it needs to be something you would actually enjoy doing with the other person. And it needs to be something the other person would enjoy doing with you too. Do you know what the other person's interests/hobbies are? If the point is just to get to know the other person, then going to...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Is autism your special interest?

Posted: 08 Sep 2021, 12:14 pm 

Replies: 14
Views: 324


it all comes down to thinking differently or being "wired differently". neuro-a-typical might be a term (but I am sure someone would decide to find that offensive). Not offensive, but confusing at first glance -- looks and sounds too much like its opposite, "neurotypical." Perha...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Explain America's autism support & Why doesn't it exist?

Posted: 08 Sep 2021, 12:08 pm 

Replies: 9
Views: 290


"Residual autism state" is an old diagnostic category from earlier versions of the DSM, back in the days when "autism" was thought of as just an "infantile" thing. When these kids grew up, they were diagnosed with "residual autism state" if they weren't severe...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Is autism your special interest?

Posted: 08 Sep 2021, 7:14 am 

Replies: 14
Views: 324


Autism was my special interest for about a year and a half, starting when I began seriously considering getting an evaluation, up through the time I finally got my diagnosis. Nowadays, although I'm still interested in learning about autism, my special interest is not autism per se but the autistic c...

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: Making friends as adult

 Post subject: Re: Making friends as adult
Posted: 08 Sep 2021, 2:40 am 

Replies: 17
Views: 687


I have one online friend, and that's sufficient. Still, the struggle of making friends once you're beyond school age is real. The adult world is very closed off, and work keeps people alienated from each other, in my opinion. I actually managed to make a bunch of friends in my twenties, after gradu...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Black and white thinking?

Posted: 07 Sep 2021, 4:30 am 

Replies: 34
Views: 1,062


I just now came across a Twitter thread about "black-and-white thinking" and autism. Most people in the thread were puzzled as to why autistic people are perceived, by NT's, as being prone to "black-and-white" thinking. One person with the username of autistictic had the followin...

 Forum: The Haven   Topic: I hate having a diagnosis from childhood (rant)

Posted: 06 Sep 2021, 10:29 pm 

Replies: 6
Views: 198


I was quite happy with who I was before I got the diagnosis, I had friends at school, I was fine. As soon as I got this embarrassing label I felt singled out. I feel so resentful about it. And if I had to be diagnosed with anything, I don't know why they didn't slap an ADHD diagnosis on me because ...

 Forum: The Haven   Topic: Thought about buying a gun today

Posted: 06 Sep 2021, 5:30 pm 

Replies: 18
Views: 593


Hi skibum,

I'm not sure whether you meant to suggest that you were having suicidal thoughts, as others assumed. But, if so:

Please stay alive. The autistic community needs you. The autistic community needs more people like you.

Please see also my PM to you.

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: Making friends as adult

 Post subject: Re: Making friends as adult
Posted: 06 Sep 2021, 5:00 pm 

Replies: 17
Views: 687


One option for "making friends" (or at least "meeting people" and "making acquaintances") is volunteering. The difference between a club and a volunteer organization is that the volunteer organization usually already has something to do and the need and want warm bodie...

 Forum: Love and Dating   Topic: boyfriend always touching me

Posted: 06 Sep 2021, 2:15 pm 

Replies: 14
Views: 471


Hi. I got into a relationship sort of recently with a NT guy and he is wonderful and cool and sweet. However, he always wants to touch me, and when he touches me it hurts. He's not TRYING to hurt me, he is just touching me like normal people do; lightly stroking my skin, touching me as we walk by e...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Academically selective education. Good or Bad?

Posted: 06 Sep 2021, 1:42 pm 

Replies: 20
Views: 429


youtube now does a better job at teaching than schools do. I agree. I think we need radical education reforms that would render this entire controversy about "Academically selective education" obsolete. However, to avoid derailing this thread, I've created a separate new thread Radical ed...

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: Radical education reform -- needed and possible

Posted: 06 Sep 2021, 1:38 pm 

Replies: 0
Views: 108


As noted elsewhere, in another thread , there are now lots of educational videos on YouTube that do a much better job of teaching than most schools do. I believe that traditional classrooms are obsolete and that schools need to be radically re-envisioned. My proposed reforms would benefit all childr...

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: Do I even WANT to have "close" friends anymore?

Posted: 06 Sep 2021, 6:00 am 

Replies: 16
Views: 505


It was not a reciprocal relationship. There was no effort from the other side really. This isn't the first time this has happened, as I have a bad habit of giving people the benefit of the doubt when I should be listening to my initial instincts. Not sure if I want to continue trying to make friend...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Texas: America’s Iran

 Post subject: Re: Texas: America’s Iran
Posted: 06 Sep 2021, 4:11 am 

Replies: 121
Views: 1,859


Also, I would require halal restaurants to serve pork products and alcoholic beverages, and require female employees of said restaurants to wear bikinis with skimpy T-shirts that say “I :heart: Sodomy”. I hope you're just joking here..... We need both freedom of religion and freedom from having rel...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Texas: America’s Iran

 Post subject: Re: Texas: America’s Iran
Posted: 06 Sep 2021, 4:03 am 

Replies: 121
Views: 1,859


VegetableMan wrote:
There are kinds of crazy laws in the South. A few years back I learned that in at least one state it's illegal for atheists to hold public office.

That's unconstitutional. The U.S. constitution prohibits religious tests for office.
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