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 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: Politics has taken over

 Post subject: Re: Politics has taken over
Posted: 03 Sep 2021, 7:21 am 

Replies: 25
Views: 486


There is very little he doesn’t take personally. If I don’t want to watch a movie or show he recommends he gets upset. Granted not to the extent he does around politics but he still takes it to heart…. This is, alas, a common problem among some (not all) autistic people. I've sent you a collection ...

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: Neurodiversity paradigm & treatment of autistic children

Posted: 03 Sep 2021, 1:58 am 

Replies: 14
Views: 906


I’ve never had ABA or been that interested in it, but what I do know is that much of this anti ABA is based on ignorance: - No. The ABA critics are very familiar with all of the arguments you make below and have written lots and lots of in-depth responses thereto. I have a large text file full of l...

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: What kinds of groups does the autistic community need?

Posted: 02 Sep 2021, 2:52 pm 

Replies: 11
Views: 838


A Psychologist , With Autism group experience , Might be handy in a moderator role for Autism Support Group perhaps with at least one NT with somekind of experience with support groups.. (As a facilitator ) And a minimum of one person of peer based Autism support group experience to interact and be...

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: Neurodiversity paradigm & treatment of autistic children

Posted: 02 Sep 2021, 2:25 pm 

Replies: 14
Views: 906


Sorry the document is actually more harmful than good because ABA is the only evidence based therapy that has shown to have some long term benefit for autistic children. Quite a few autistic researchers say that not enough research has been done on potential longterm harms of ABA, and that not enou...

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Posted: 01 Sep 2021, 11:56 pm 

Replies: 1
Views: 161


Yesterday on Twitter I came across a very interesting -- and potentially very useful -- thread about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) . The Twitter thread is a series of tweets by Tania Melnyczuk , who leads the Autistic Strategies Network in South Afri...

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: Politics has taken over

 Post subject: Re: Politics has taken over
Posted: 01 Sep 2021, 10:11 pm 

Replies: 25
Views: 486


He was not able to succeed academically after HS so his jobs have been in movie theaters, breweries, restaurants and currently he works in a bank as a customer service rep! Did you ever look into the possibility of getting him trained in a skilled trade such as plumber or electrician? Seems to me t...

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: NT-like acquaintances a must!

Posted: 01 Sep 2021, 8:22 pm 

Replies: 10
Views: 376


On hobbies, activities, and common interests: A WP discussion thread (LINK) discusses how arts activities might "break the ice" so to speak! I'm glad this discussion-thread received a diversity of responses. LINK: Can Creating Art "Break The Ice" - Encouraging Friendships? https...

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: Politics has taken over

 Post subject: Re: Politics has taken over
Posted: 01 Sep 2021, 7:48 pm 

Replies: 25
Views: 486


He will never see any shades of gray in any area. There has to be some way to get him to start seeing shades of gray in at least some areas. Offhand, I would suggest that you start with some topic about which he doesn't have passionate feelings, but many other people do. Such topics could be used t...

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: What kinds of groups does the autistic community need?

Posted: 01 Sep 2021, 7:13 pm 

Replies: 11
Views: 838


We do NOT need more “groups”; we need better-quality leadership of the “groups” we already have. We need both. We need more groups and we need the leaders/facilitators of already-existing groups to be committed to improving their leadership skills. As I've said elsewhere, the autistic community is ...

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: What kinds of groups does the autistic community need?

Posted: 01 Sep 2021, 5:44 pm 

Replies: 11
Views: 838


In my first post in the separate thread Thoughts about friendship , I quoted a blog post of mine in which I talked about what I regard as the four "foundations of friendship": 1) Companionship: Enjoying each other’s company. 2) Emotional sharing / intimacy. 3) Doing favors for each other. ...

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

 Post subject: Re: Making friends as adult
Posted: 01 Sep 2021, 4:10 pm 

Replies: 17
Views: 660


If I still had a full-time job-away-from-home, and if wanted to make friends with a longtime colleague, I certainly wouldn't invite them to visit me at home right away. I'd invite them to have dinner with me at a nearby restaurant right after work. And I'd probably invite a few longtime co-workers, ...

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: How to apologize

 Post subject: Re: How to apologize
Posted: 01 Sep 2021, 1:44 pm 

Replies: 6
Views: 192


Summer_Twilight wrote:
I would have to take it to PM

Feel free to PM me if you feel comfortable doing so.

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: They keep going back to a bad friend

Posted: 01 Sep 2021, 1:40 pm 

Replies: 2
Views: 247


I found out the other day, my friend, who this person accused of being a stalker is on "Good terms" with this person again. What precisely do your friends mean by "good terms"? Do they merely mean smoothing over hostilities and keeping lines of communication open? Or do they mea...

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

Posted: 01 Sep 2021, 11:22 am 

Replies: 16
Views: 476


Answering your questions in order: I became sober in 2015 (as did my husband). My husband and I were both binge drinkers, using alcohol as a coping mechanism as we are both pretty terrible with socializing. We are both neurodiverse. We do not attend AA (we are not religious and most groups have a v...

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: How to apologize

 Post subject: Re: How to apologize
Posted: 01 Sep 2021, 4:33 am 

Replies: 6
Views: 192


Do you feel comfortable telling us the general nature of what you did, and what kind of impact it had on the other people? That would help us in brainstorming an apology for it.

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

Posted: 01 Sep 2021, 4:31 am 

Replies: 16
Views: 476


Flown wrote:
It seems no one want to touch this topic :lol:

More likely, I think it has just been a slow day here on WP.
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