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 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: ASD parent of 3 non verbal ASD kids

Posted: 18 Jul 2022, 4:39 pm 

Replies: 12
Views: 761


Continuing with the recommendations about improving alternative modes of communication, I suggest you check out this guide to getting started with AAC.

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: How do/would parents feel about a "perfect" child?

Posted: 18 Jul 2022, 4:29 pm 

Replies: 42
Views: 1,287


I wouldn't enjoy the "perfect child" you described. The unquestioning obedience is something that my dog shows, and while it's useful sometimes, it also gives me anxiety because I know if I mistakenly tell her to harm herself, she will. (For example, she sat on a thistle once because I tol...

 Forum: Bipolar, Tourettes, Schizophrenia, and other Psychological Conditions   Topic: Autism cure

 Post subject: Re: Autism cure
Posted: 18 Jul 2022, 4:19 pm 

Replies: 38
Views: 4,218


However, if I'm wrong and a cure can be developed, it's not my place to say if someone should or shouldn't take it. I certainly wouldn't shame someone who felt that their ASD was a burden to them because everyone has different experiences with their own autism. I've worked with autistic kids whose ...

 Forum: Bipolar, Tourettes, Schizophrenia, and other Psychological Conditions   Topic: Is being psychotic part of being neurodivergent?

Posted: 18 Jul 2022, 4:16 pm 

Replies: 10
Views: 928


I think of neurodivergence as innate, biologically based differences in brain function, and many causes of psychosis qualify. However, psychosis is a symptom, and there are psychotic people I wouldn't consider neurodivergent. For example, someone who is high on LSD is psychotic, but only temporarily...

 Forum: Bipolar, Tourettes, Schizophrenia, and other Psychological Conditions   Topic: Enuresis-could it have been a trauma response?

Posted: 18 Jul 2022, 4:10 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 474


I've heard enuresis is more common in abused kids, but a lot of the studies don't properly separate cause and effect (some parents abuse kids to punish them for enuresis). I had enuresis, but I have no idea if it's related to my autism or my CSA victimization. Stress can also make enuresis worse, I ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Can you be Aspergers and schizophrenic at the same time?

Posted: 18 Jul 2022, 4:01 pm 

Replies: 10
Views: 347


The reason there's doubt about whether you can have both is because many of the symptoms of autism (atypical nonverbal cues, lower sociability, poor social understanding, weird mannerisms, executive dysfunction, etc) are also symptoms of schizophrenia. The main differences are age of onset (though s...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Was it better to be unaware of your own autism?

Posted: 18 Jul 2022, 3:55 pm 

Replies: 53
Views: 1,488


I'm really glad I wasn't diagnosed before age 10, because my first school was terrible in a way that meant they'd have absolutely loved ABA. Also, the way they talked about the possibility of me having ADHD made me extremely resistant to the concept of ADHD as a valid and meaningful diagnostic categ...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Therapy Options for HF Tweens/Teens

Posted: 05 Jun 2022, 12:00 pm 

Replies: 12
Views: 695


Occupational therapy can be helpful for sensory issues and self-care skill delays.

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: I love my son so much

 Post subject: Re: I love my son so much
Posted: 05 Jun 2022, 11:55 am 

Replies: 7
Views: 594


My newborn is soft and snuggly and really fun to cuddle. And it's really neat to see her looking at things and trying to figure them out.

 Forum: Love and Dating   Topic: Why SHOULD you have a child sooner rather than later ?

Posted: 31 May 2022, 11:10 am 

Replies: 110
Views: 4,982


Biologically, having a child is easier when you're young. But economic resources and emotional maturity both give older parents an advantage. I know in my case, if I'd had a child 6 years ago, I'd have a lot more difficulty coping with looking after her, because I wouldn't have had those 6 years to ...

 Forum: Love and Dating   Topic: Is not making an effort a reason for me being single ?

Posted: 31 May 2022, 10:55 am 

Replies: 20
Views: 1,243


Whoever is telling you " you'll find love when you stop looking for it " is most likely a woman, because this advice generally speaking, only works for women, who have the luxury of simply waiting for guys to approach them. Remember, women have a COMPLETELY different dating experience com...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Strangely less threatened by immigrants

Posted: 31 May 2022, 10:46 am 

Replies: 17
Views: 731


MaxE wrote:
It seems these guys are from Georgia which is overwhelmingly Christian, so probably the beards were misleading as to religion.


My impression is that a lot of what we think of as "Muslim" appearance is common across religions in certain regions.

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Autism diagnostic criteria

Posted: 12 May 2022, 1:05 pm 

Replies: 11
Views: 3,604


There is already an explanation from this OP, and also with milder form of ASD, you at least need to meet enough diagnostic criteria for B. Diagnostic criteria A for ASD, it should be reserved when it is more severe. People with Broad Autism Phenotype should only be diagnosed with ASD when symptoms...

 Forum: Adult Autism Issues   Topic: Ever Lost a Friend Because of Autism?

Posted: 12 May 2022, 9:36 am 

Replies: 39
Views: 263


I've mostly lost friends due to executive dysfunction.

Anyone who blames me for symptoms isn't someone I really want as a friend, so that's not a huge loss. But it sucks when I drift apart from a good friend simply because I can't handle the executive challenge of staying in touch.

 Forum: Adult Autism Issues   Topic: Anyone here have healthy relationship with parents? (TW)

Posted: 12 May 2022, 9:34 am 

Replies: 30
Views: 279


I just had a thought in regards to #1 :arrow: When I was a kid I've often been told that others were just joking or trying to be friendly when I really believed at the time that they were being mean & bullying me. Looking back I still believe that in some(or maybe a lot) of those situations oth...

 Forum: Love and Dating   Topic: "But a woman's number of options doesn't matter!"

Posted: 12 May 2022, 9:23 am 

Replies: 134
Views: 4,678


She: "It does matter! Numbers don't matter! What matters only is your confidence and if two click well! Even if she has 1000 other guys chatting her, that won't matter if you are "the one". Me: Come on, how does that not matter? of course it does, if she has 1000 other options it mea...
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