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 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: interupting others

Posted: 26 Nov 2013, 10:48 am 

Replies: 15
Views: 1,081

One trick is to try and wait for the conversational pause. This is more difficult in a group because more people are waiting to jump in with their comments.

As has been said, you also have to learn to accept that sometimes you are not going to get the chance to say what you wanted.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Depression without reason

Posted: 26 Nov 2013, 10:43 am 

Replies: 5
Views: 489

TallyMan has a good point. Do some research on the Internet and you may also want to experiment with various supplements to see if they have any effect. Another thing to consider is that there is a part of life that is often overlooked. Your environment can have a big impact on how you feel. When so...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: How do you know if you are friends with someone?

Posted: 26 Nov 2013, 10:31 am 

Replies: 14
Views: 1,025

So how exactly do you know if someone is your friend without asking them? I want to know if I am friends with someone, but I really don't know what friends do in order to be able to determine if we are friends. All of these social relationship things are too complicated for me. The definition of fr...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: "I Want to Go Home!"

Posted: 26 Nov 2013, 10:08 am 

Replies: 14
Views: 1,009

There was an immigrant who walked to work every day. His friends had taught him how to say, "Apple pie and coffee" in English so he could stop for breakfast before work. After a few weeks he was getting tired of apple pie and coffee so he asked his friends to teach him how to say "Two eggs". When he...

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: Taking criticism

Posted: 24 Nov 2013, 2:07 pm 

Replies: 17
Views: 1,458

Is taking criticism something you can do gracefully?

It largely depends on if it is true and how it is presented.

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: How do I approach this?

Posted: 24 Nov 2013, 2:00 pm 

Replies: 10
Views: 1,111

How do I approach this? Should I have a meeting with the teacher alone first, and then have a separate meeting with the director to express my concerns about the academics? Or ask to meet with them both together (in which case I couldn't be as candid to the director)? How do I word things so I'm no...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Lacking leadership abilities!

Posted: 24 Nov 2013, 11:57 am 

Replies: 12
Views: 926

I want to have somebody else tell me what to do - then I find it important to do it. But if I have to tell myself to do something, it's much harder to convince myself it's important. I am not sure I am understanding you correctly. The Gary Larson cartoon of a stampeding herd of buffalo came to mind...

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: Most conversations seem like unnecessary dialogue

Posted: 23 Nov 2013, 10:00 am 

Replies: 27
Views: 2,354

I'm not gonna be the guy anymore who sits among a crowd and has to go along with the most inane topics of conversation. I don't know if anyone else has made this observation about group conversations, but I have often observed in various workplaces that a group of people will listen to whatever zan...

 Forum: School and College Life   Topic: Free booklet - Humorous irreverent look at college life

Posted: 22 Nov 2013, 11:55 am 

Replies: 0
Views: 425

I came across this booklet and thought that some might think it was funny.

Since it is a little sarcastic, some who cherish the institution of college might be offended.

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: What is best for the children?

Posted: 19 Nov 2013, 10:28 am 

Replies: 7
Views: 895

am concerned that if I force her to let me see my kids that someone how she will put the kids in the middle of it and the person hurt in the end will be my boys. She has already put the kids in the middle and is controlling what they think of you. I would say to fight like heck to get as much face ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Worrying that people who seem to like you secretly hate you?

Posted: 19 Nov 2013, 10:07 am 

Replies: 12
Views: 1,783

I'm better at not rushing to judgment now.

This is pretty good advice. One thing that can slow down negative speculation is to try to think of a reason the person would think ill of you. This can introduce a bit of reality that can cause escalating anxiety to calm down a bit.

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: What was the right thing to say?

Posted: 18 Nov 2013, 12:54 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 621

"This is my dad. (declarative) He passed away two years ago. (context) I really miss him sometimes..." (important)

The key is to identify the important part. It might have been appropriate to ask what some of her fondest memories were of her father.

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: My 2 year old is so mean to his father

Posted: 18 Nov 2013, 12:49 pm 

Replies: 17
Views: 3,300

You can have him sit in a chair in a corner. You can tell him he is free to get off the chair anytime he is ready to play with his father.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Finding things funny that other people don't

Posted: 16 Nov 2013, 12:04 pm 

Replies: 37
Views: 4,057

When I was in seventh grade a teacher who was very proud of himself conducted a science experiment that blew up (hydrogen and oxygen). It put pieces of lab glassware into the ceiling tiles. No one was hurt, but the expression on his face was priceless. I laughed so hard I suspect he thought I was so...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: What is your touch-related sensory nightmare

Posted: 16 Nov 2013, 11:58 am 

Replies: 19
Views: 8,098

Wool is definitely an irritant. I talked with a friend who is a family practitioner and I asked him what percentage of adults he had observed who were severely ticklish since he performs a routine abdominal probe with his fingers. He though a minute and then said that it was probably less than 1-2%.

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: Going alone into group activities

Posted: 14 Nov 2013, 10:52 am 

Replies: 9
Views: 2,850

I've tried going to churches even though I have never been religious. They didn't kick me out, but they always treated me differently because I came alone and didn't know anyone. You might try calling a church secretary and asking her if she knew of an older retired person who might have the time t...
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