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 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Disclosing new autism diagnosis - when? - to whom?

Posted: 20 Dec 2022, 8:06 pm 

Replies: 32
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I can't stand it when people tell me that everyone has something. Everyone's life is not as impaired and as difficult to live as some of ours and many other people's who have severe disabilities or challenging illnesses. Every time anyone has ever said to me that everyone has something, it's when I ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Better word than "Alien"

Posted: 20 Dec 2022, 7:26 pm 

Replies: 60
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One of those odd little connections with 'Asperger' as a name for certain types of high-functioning autism no longer in the DSM at this point: https://www.collinsdictionary.com/us/dictionary/english/asperge NOUN 1. Also called: asperger an implement used for scattering holy water VERB (transitive) ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: When the clouds clear

 Post subject: Re: When the clouds clear
Posted: 20 Dec 2022, 5:49 pm 

Replies: 23
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... your Autism will appear to have cleared. keyword = appear In my opinion someone else's autism might appear to clear, but that person still perceives it themselves. At least that's true for me. I've been aware of my autism and felt it, whether it had a name or not, every moment of my life. Yes. ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: When the clouds clear

 Post subject: Re: When the clouds clear
Posted: 20 Dec 2022, 5:41 pm 

Replies: 23
Views: 740


It has to do with stress levels. If you are not feeling stressed and you are fully rested and nothing is overwhelming you, your Autism will appear to have cleared.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: What is your opinion on Monotropism. How much legitimate is

Posted: 20 Dec 2022, 3:32 pm 

Replies: 27
Views: 659


What do you actually mean by hyperfocus? Means that you can laser focus on a very specific thing and stay completely 100% focused on if for ridiculous amounts of time. Like I can hyperfocus on a very specific ski technique for ten hours straight. I can spend the entire time focused on just doing th...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: What is your opinion on Monotropism. How much legitimate is

Posted: 20 Dec 2022, 3:04 pm 

Replies: 27
Views: 659


Monotropism Monotropism is a theory of autism developed by autistic people, initially by Dinah Murray and Wenn Lawson. Monotropic minds tend to have their attention pulled more strongly towards a smaller number of interests at any given time, leaving fewer resources for other processes. I just foun...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Disclosing new autism diagnosis - when? - to whom?

Posted: 20 Dec 2022, 2:47 pm 

Replies: 32
Views: 1,046


I disclose all the time to everyone. The responses I get are extremely varied. The reason I disclose to everyone is that it is very important for me to be able to get whatever accommodations I need, even if it's something like a personal space bubble accommodation or a conversational accommodation o...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: What is your opinion on Monotropism. How much legitimate is

Posted: 20 Dec 2022, 2:35 pm 

Replies: 27
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kraftiekortie wrote:
It’s “accepted” in the “psychological community” because it is obvious.

Rather like it’s “accepted” that people with measles get rashes.
Ah, I understand what you mean! Thank you!

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: What is your opinion on Monotropism. How much legitimate is

Posted: 20 Dec 2022, 12:54 pm 

Replies: 27
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Monotropism Monotropism is a theory of autism developed by autistic people, initially by Dinah Murray and Wenn Lawson. Monotropic minds tend to have their attention pulled more strongly towards a smaller number of interests at any given time, leaving fewer resources for other processes. I just found...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: What is your opinion on Monotropism. How much legitimate is

Posted: 20 Dec 2022, 12:49 pm 

Replies: 27
Views: 659


kraftiekortie wrote:
It’s more a matter of “degrees,” really.

Even NTs hyperfocus—but autistic people do it more consistently and more intensely.
Yes.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: What is your opinion on Monotropism. How much legitimate is

Posted: 20 Dec 2022, 12:15 pm 

Replies: 27
Views: 659


Like Kraftie said, we have the ability to hyperfocus but it's not the ONLY thing we do. In fact, seeing the "big picture," which would be the polar opposite of monotropism, is incredibly for anyone to be able to do whether they are Autistic or NT or anything else. I am wondering whom they ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: I can't connect with people

Posted: 19 Dec 2022, 10:38 pm 

Replies: 51
Views: 1,705


$255/50 minutes, I would have fired her too. That's crazy!! My insurance covered $225 / session, up to $1500 year. It was the principle of the thing. She didn't deserve to be making that much whether it came from my pocket or from my insurance! I agree. It doesn't matter if the insurance is paying ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Better word than "Alien"

Posted: 19 Dec 2022, 7:49 pm 

Replies: 60
Views: 2,032


Let's not forget that in the OP he said he sometimes felt like an alien. I don't equate that to being an alien...just feeling like one. And he was talking about how he felt, not how he should be addressed. I stand by my two previous responses: There are a lot of candidate words for how you were per...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: I can't connect with people

Posted: 19 Dec 2022, 7:47 pm 

Replies: 51
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That second therapist OMG. While she is right that you should have had support as a child to not know such things were rare when you were a child (SMH). Then to recommend ABA to learn how to do small talk, grrrrrrrh. I have to give her credit for recognizing she was unqualified and cutting you loos...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: I can't connect with people

Posted: 19 Dec 2022, 7:11 pm 

Replies: 51
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CPTSD is a tricky one. I think the hardest part of it is its continuous nature. I would be interested in how your therapist is helping you. The thing that helps me the most is just sharing my experiences. I have taught myself that whatever I feel, whether it's painful, or exciting, or joyful, or sc...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: I can't connect with people

Posted: 19 Dec 2022, 6:47 pm 

Replies: 51
Views: 1,705


skibum I am so sorry you are having to go through this. Of course I don't understand it all, but I have read it all. I am wondering what your living conditions are like, with all that to deal with. Maybe you could say, in very general terms of course. What interests me most is this: are you somehow...
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