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 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Devastated - please help!

Posted: 10 Jul 2011, 8:54 am 

Replies: 301
Views: 21,425


Imagine a blind child, living with a parent who likes to rearrange furniture for fun. The child keeps bumping into things, getting hurt, and crying. Should the parent just punish the child for crying and expect the child to figure it out? Or should they accomodate the disability by not rearranging t...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Devastated - please help!

Posted: 10 Jul 2011, 12:29 am 

Replies: 301
Views: 21,425


By contrast, he is incredibly selfish and self-driven and will not do anything that does not directly represent his own interest. Are we to be judged by what we say or do when we're at our limits? No one can be well-behaved under any circumstances. And our world is designed around NTs, to make ever...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: 11 month old just diagnosed ASD

Posted: 09 Jul 2011, 11:14 pm 

Replies: 56
Views: 7,085


I mean even if they are wrong what child would not benefit from therapy? I wouldn't be so quick to assume that just because it's not medical means it can't have side effects. It's well known that certain experiences can have negative effects on people, especially young children. I'd be concerned ab...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Imaginary Friend

Posted: 09 Jul 2011, 10:54 pm 

Replies: 26
Views: 2,856


I never had imaginary friends in the typical sense, but I always created characters. I never interacted with them as me, though. Either I'd be one of them interacting with the others, or I'd just observe them and narrate them. Pretty naturally led into being a fantasy writer, once I had the writing ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Autism and Aggression

Posted: 09 Jul 2011, 10:51 pm 

Replies: 36
Views: 4,850


Maybe part of poor social skills? Like, he doesn't know how else to resolve problems, so he gets physical. Or he doesn't understand how it feels for others when he does this. It might also be a self-control issue - does he seem to be impulsive in other ways? Can he stop himself from being aggressive...

 Forum: Bipolar, Tourettes, Schizophrenia, and other Psychological Conditions   Topic: Words for neurodiversity

Posted: 09 Jul 2011, 10:44 pm 

Replies: 17
Views: 4,048


I'd consider neurodiversity to cover any condition that a) primarily affects the mind, and b) appears to be mostly or completely biologically caused. I wouldn't call MPD neurodiversity, for example, because the best evidence suggests that it's caused by severe childhood abuse. However, the underlyin...

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: Misconceptions about autism.

Posted: 09 Jul 2011, 10:25 pm 

Replies: 15
Views: 2,598


Regarding the evolution comment, I've seen the following problems with the people who think autism is the next stage of evolution: Using it to explain the 'rise in autism' - if autism is rising as much as people claim it is, that's way too fast for evolution. Unless there was a massive epidemic kill...

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: "House Rules" by Jodi Picoult

Posted: 09 Jul 2011, 10:04 pm 

Replies: 24
Views: 8,039


Has anyone read it? Do you like it? Do you think Jacob was portrayed accurately? I read partway through, but had to stop because it terrified me. Jacob coped far better in those circumstances than I would've, not having my specific issues with authority figures. And I could easily see police treati...

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: Even I'm Shocked - and I've Grown Very Hard to Shock...

Posted: 09 Jul 2011, 9:56 pm 

Replies: 24
Views: 2,798


Although more life threatening over time head banging causes harm or even in the short-term if hard enough. I think shock treatment is acceptable only under the following conditions: * the behavior is so severe that 24/7 restraints or death/serious injury are the only other alternatives * all the g...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: How much do you stim on an average day?

Posted: 09 Jul 2011, 9:40 pm 

Replies: 43
Views: 4,294


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I didn't know it was autistic. I thought it had something to do with trying to keep my balance.


Probably does. Balance problems are a common part of sensory processing differences, and a big contributor to the clumsiness often seen in autistics.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Does anybody here self-harm?

Posted: 09 Jul 2011, 9:35 pm 

Replies: 44
Views: 4,941


I never told people or wanted any attention for it, so if you knew me in real life you'd never know that I was self injurious. It's not something I tell people now, or then. I suspect that people on the spectrum are less likely to want any attention for their self injurious behavior, whereas people...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Still Unsure-Some Observations That Make Me Think Its Not AS

Posted: 09 Jul 2011, 12:19 pm 

Replies: 11
Views: 1,124


If I demand a brain scan will they give me one? I figure if I could just get a brain scan I could settle my problems once and for all, at least know what's up. You can't diagnose AS with a brain scan. All research of AS using brain scans is preliminary, and they haven't found a very clear pattern p...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Does anybody here self-harm?

Posted: 09 Jul 2011, 12:07 pm 

Replies: 44
Views: 4,941


I suspect autistics are less likely to cut. The self-injury I've seen autistics (myself and the kids I volunteer with) do is head-banging, punching or slapping various body parts, and/or biting themselves. Never met a cutter. My impression is most cutters are NT-traumatized or bipolar, not autistic....

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Volunteering

Posted: 09 Jul 2011, 11:54 am 

Replies: 31
Views: 2,837


I volunteer with disabled kids. Partly because I want to work with disabled people and volunteering will look good on a resume, partly because I'm obsessively interested in disabilities, and partly because I'm lonely and I relate better to disabled people than non-disabled people.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: What do you dislike about having autism the most?

Posted: 09 Jul 2011, 11:47 am 

Replies: 20
Views: 2,422


I picked not being understood as this is a major trigger for me. I got really hurt in school by teachers who thought demand qavoidance could be fixed by just brutalizing the kid enough. Sensory issues - I have very hypersensitive hearing, I'm a picky eater, and I can't wear certain clothes. But as l...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Why do Aspies talk and sing to themselves?

Posted: 09 Jul 2011, 11:18 am 

Replies: 60
Views: 15,369


I both sing and talk to myself. Singing because I have a song I like stuck in my head, and if I don't sing it, a particular line will repeat itself in my head over and over and seriously annoy me. If it's a song I don't like, of course, singing it will annoy me even more, so I sing a different song....
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