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 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Proper Eye Contact

Posted: 09 Jul 2011, 11:03 am 

Replies: 11
Views: 1,682

Psychology paper into eye contact - people usually make eye contact for about 3-10 seconds at a time. People make more eye contact when listening than talking, and make less eye contact when discussing personal topics. Anyway, do you find eye contact uncomfortable, or is it just not automatic for y...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Research grants and funding for AS to study NT's

Posted: 09 Jul 2011, 10:49 am 

Replies: 29
Views: 2,916

ASD people are unable to conduct research into their own condition because there'd be biases Everyone is biased. That's one thing the social sciences know that psychology desperately needs to learn. Every single researcher studying living creatures is going to be biased in their analysis of them. T...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: NVLD IQ and NVLD diagnosis

Posted: 08 Jul 2011, 6:23 pm 

Replies: 15
Views: 4,042

Well, firstly, NVLD IQ profile doesn't always mean you have NVLD. There are other traits needed that aren't measured by IQ tests. Whether a person with high IQ whose weak areas on in the normal ranmge counts as learning disabled is a tricky question, I guess. It depends how you look at it. The same ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: "Autism Study Shifts Focus From Nature to Nurture"

Posted: 05 Jul 2011, 9:27 pm 

Replies: 59
Views: 8,768

FASD kids are more likely to be autistic, as are kids with Fetal Rubella Syndrome (ironically, refusing the MMR could cause autism in some kids!).

So clearly it can be affected by environmental factors in some cases.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Autism implications of NVLD

Posted: 05 Jul 2011, 9:00 pm 

Replies: 17
Views: 2,643

I really don't agree that high IQ makes people seem less autistic. Autism is not really about intelligence but about social functioning, communication, etc. You can be impaired in those areas and be very autistic and still have a high IQ. Likewise, there are lots of non-autistic people out there wh...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Can't stop stimming

Posted: 05 Jul 2011, 8:55 pm 

Replies: 7
Views: 2,527

I heard tics feel sort of like holding your breath. Most people can hold their breath for awhile, but sooner or later the urge to breathe gets too strong to resist. Stims I'd define as voluntary actions you do because they give you a pleasurable sensation. Unless you're the kind of person who does m...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: non verbal autistics on the forums?

Posted: 05 Jul 2011, 8:49 pm 

Replies: 35
Views: 3,443

Did you mean that written laqnguage can be considered a communication system that is apart from spoken language? I'm very verbal, but I relate to that too. I'm a writer. I'm very skilled in writing, to the point of writing (but not publishing as that takes a whole bunch of organizational skills) fu...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Could Some of Us Be Accidentally Perpetuating Stereotypes?

Posted: 05 Jul 2011, 8:32 pm 

Replies: 20
Views: 2,016

When I see posts asserting "I don't experience this " or "I don't have a problem with that" I think 'Well, you don't really have a handicap, then, do you?' I don't have any trouble handling change. I learnt to talk early and am very skilled at speaking. When I pay attention, I can usually identify ...

 Forum: Art, Writing, and Music   Topic: Anybody recommend any fantasy books?

Posted: 05 Jul 2011, 8:22 pm 

Replies: 23
Views: 2,666

The Abhorsen trilogy by Garth Nix. It's about a family of good-guy necromancers fighting evil necromancers and undead using magical bells. In the second book, there's a girl who I really identified with, who's growing up expecting to be something she isn't - she's from a family of clairvoyants, but ...

 Forum: Art, Writing, and Music   Topic: Story about my disabilities

Posted: 05 Jul 2011, 8:17 pm 

Replies: 3
Views: 684

What if you wrote a story about a kid with two conditions and only one diagnosed, and people keep trying to interpret all the kid's issues in light of the diagnosed condition, and it's not working for the stuff caused by the other condition. Then finally someone figures out what's going on.

 Forum: Bipolar, Tourettes, Schizophrenia, and other Psychological Conditions   Topic: Neurodiversity and the Paranormal

Posted: 05 Jul 2011, 8:10 pm 

Replies: 24
Views: 4,991

Theres just simpy too many different people from all time periods, and from all across the world that ahve beliefs in paranormal things to simply be fake. Maybe they're all reacting to the same underlying (non-paranormal) phenomenon. Some aspects of human psychology are the same the world over, reg...

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

Posted: 05 Jul 2011, 8:01 pm 

Replies: 17
Views: 4,048

I usually just say "people on the spectrum".

But that's just autistics. Neurodiversity is so much more than just autism.

I use 'atypical people', myself.

 Forum: Bipolar, Tourettes, Schizophrenia, and other Psychological Conditions   Topic: Suicide is Painless

Posted: 05 Jul 2011, 7:59 pm 

Replies: 37
Views: 5,752

Have you seen any good counselors?

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: Whatever happened to the JRC?

Posted: 05 Jul 2011, 7:31 pm 

Replies: 14
Views: 2,770

what is the jrc

Judge Rotenberg Center. An inpatient facility for kids with severe behavior problems, which uses electric shocks, depriving kids of food, and other draconian punishments to train kids out of anything they deem to be inappropriate behavior.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Are sensory issue the root of your problems?

Posted: 05 Jul 2011, 12:17 pm 

Replies: 6
Views: 1,085

I'd say autism is several components put together. Sensory issues are pretty much universal in autistics. But they're also seen in some non-autistic kids. I know a 5 year old boy with mild delays in some skills, good social skills, hypotonia and tactile defensiveness. I wouldn't call him autistic. A...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Mercury, Autism, and Vaccines

Posted: 05 Jul 2011, 12:10 pm 

Replies: 29
Views: 3,089

Besides which, autism isn't even increasing. In the middle ages, there were 'changelings', kids who'd supposedly been stolen away and replaced by supernatural imposters. Many of those kids in reality had regressive autism. In the 1800s, John Langdon Down (of Down Syndrome fame) coined the term 'idio...
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