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 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Suspect I might be neurodivergent?

Posted: 31 Mar 2022, 1:37 pm 

Replies: 3
Views: 535


Hello, I have not been diagnosed but, after reading a lot about autism since my son was diagnosed in the last couple of yeras, I suspect that I am on or near the spectrum. I also have some sensory issues and find socialising very tiring. I have noticed most of my friends are people who are happy wit...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Autism and masking

 Post subject: Re: Autism and masking
Posted: 30 Mar 2022, 2:51 pm 

Replies: 18
Views: 1,568


I think masking can be trying to appear more 'normal'. I've been told that I don't do enough eye contact, so I try to do that more (and I can if I try), but it's tiring to focus on that for long periods like work meetings. Similarly, consciously trying to avoid things like fidgeting (stimming). I wo...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Autism and IQ

 Post subject: Re: Autism and IQ
Posted: 30 Mar 2022, 2:46 pm 

Replies: 151
Views: 16,360


Yes, it does sound like you would probably be called 'twice exceptional' nowadays. I'm sad you had such bad experiences with bullying and mental health professionals, that is such a pity with your obvious strengths and intelligence that you did not get proper support and help to develop your strengt...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Do all autistics have special abilities?

Posted: 30 Mar 2022, 3:14 am 

Replies: 67
Views: 3,840


I think you are probably underestimating yourselves! I think it depends how you define a special ability. What about: - interest and knowledge in unusual subjects e.g. drain covers, road signs, beetle species? I think many autistic people have huge knowledge of certain areas that are their special i...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Autism and IQ

 Post subject: Re: Autism and IQ
Posted: 29 Mar 2022, 1:06 pm 

Replies: 151
Views: 16,360


Dear all, Have you come across the term 'twice exceptional'? I think it refers to the people who have some neurodiversity (e.g. autism, ADHD, etc.) but have some strong abilities in certain areas. There is a professor of biology in Imperical College London called Sara Rankin who has dyslexia and sai...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Is it ok to identify yourself as autistic if undiagnosed?

Posted: 26 Mar 2022, 4:05 pm 

Replies: 22
Views: 1,548


I am not diagnosed but have told a few close friends and family that I think I'm probably on or near the spectrum. I think it feels nice to be open to close friends and family. I think though it can be hard to explain to people, even close friends and family, because it autism is so complex and vari...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Unable to visualise/remember faces

Posted: 24 Mar 2022, 3:32 pm 

Replies: 20
Views: 1,891


This is a very interesting topic. I'm wondering, for those of you that cannot visualise or recognise faces, do you have dreams in which people appear that you recognise, or do you not have dreams about people you know? Almost all of my dreams are about places/people I recognise, so am just curious w...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: The stereotype that those with ASD tend not to see the whole

Posted: 24 Mar 2022, 3:26 pm 

Replies: 35
Views: 3,629


I am wondering whether a tendency to be detailed-focussed, and not see the larger context, may make it harder to figure out what's going on in some social situations? For example, I could imagine a detailed-focussed person may notice someone (e.g. a colleague or housemate) slams a door. They might w...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: The stereotype that those with ASD tend not to see the whole

Posted: 24 Mar 2022, 2:40 pm 

Replies: 35
Views: 3,629


Hello, I think an example of focussing on details versus seeing the bigger picture could be if you are asked by someone (e.g. a boss or a teacher) to do some reading into the decline of birds in urban areas. Someone who is detailed-focussed may spend a lot of time gathering details on particular bir...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: The stereotype that those with ASD tend not to see the whole

Posted: 22 Mar 2022, 2:30 pm 

Replies: 35
Views: 3,629


I also very detailed-oriented and like to tackle life by focussing on and digesting one small bit on a time, e.g. organising personal admin, or trying to understand a new topic that I am learning about. I guess sometimes this takes a while and so I am slow to reach the big picture, but usually get t...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Better to be inept?

 Post subject: Re: Better to be inept?
Posted: 21 Mar 2022, 2:08 pm 

Replies: 26
Views: 1,193


I think your score is wonderful, well done on that! You might want to investigate what that test is investigating, to find out more about your strength in that area, sounds interesting. I love to hear about people's achievements and strengths. I think it would be great if when people are diagnosed w...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Strength in Maths due to ADHD & autism traits

Posted: 20 Mar 2022, 11:49 am 

Replies: 20
Views: 1,770


Hello, yes, I love Maths too! I find it all-absorbing, when I am doing a Maths problem everything else (all worries, anxieties, ruminations, etc.) fade away. It feels nice to concentrate on something so absorbing, it feels like meditation to me. I like also the clarity of Maths: that there is usuall...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Autism WITHOUT Sensory Issues

Posted: 19 Mar 2022, 2:35 pm 

Replies: 51
Views: 12,047


I didn't know much about autism since my son has been diagnosed in the last couple of years. Since reading about it I wonder if I am near or on the spectrum. Would you consider these sensory sensitivies? - not liking to be touched by strangers, e.g. pilates class teachers, physiotherapists, etc. - f...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: What was your developmental history like?

Posted: 17 Mar 2022, 3:46 pm 

Replies: 54
Views: 4,414


Hello, I think there's a big variation in the speed kids learn to speak, often they understand much more than they can produce. I know someone whose child was diagnosed with autism at age 2 and who was slow acquiring speech but picked up reading quickly once he started school at age 4. Another famil...

 Forum: Getting to know each other   Topic: Hello, I'm new too!

 Post subject: Re: Hello, I'm new too!
Posted: 17 Mar 2022, 3:07 pm 

Replies: 9
Views: 877


Thank you for your lovely welcome! : )

 Forum: Getting to know each other   Topic: Hello, I'm new too!

 Post subject: Re: Hello, I'm new too!
Posted: 14 Mar 2022, 3:05 pm 

Replies: 9
Views: 877


Thanks, yes, I think it is great that nowadays there are well known autistic people like Temple Grandin, who are brilliant role models. For my son my high hope is that he will be happy in himself and comfortable to do what he wants, not worrying about what others think, and live each day on his own ...
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