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Pileated woodpecker
Pileated woodpecker

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Joined: 15 Nov 2012
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04 Apr 2017, 11:56 am

Nice link:

Bolding what I have:

Marked impairment in the use of multiple nonverbal behaviors such as: eye gaze, facial expression, body posture, and gestures to regulate social interaction.
Extreme difficulty in developing age-appropriate peer relationships. (e.g. AS children may be more comfortable with adults than with other children).
Inflexible adherence to routines and perseveration.
Fascination with maps, globes, and routes.
Superior rote memory. [Just with numbers]
Preoccupation with a particular subject to the exclusion of all others. Amasses many related facts.
Difficulty judging personal space, motor clumsiness.
Sensitivity to the environment, loud noises, clothing and food textures, and odors.
Speech and language skills impaired in the area of semantics, pragmatics, and prosody (volume, intonation, inflection, and rhythm).
Difficulty understanding others’ feelings.
Pedantic, formal style of speaking; often called “little professor,” verbose.
Extreme difficulty reading and/or interpreting [subtle] social cues.
Socially and emotionally inappropriate responses. [too blunt mainly]
Literal interpretation of language; difficulty comprehending implied meanings.
Extensive vocabulary. Reading commences at an early age (hyperlexia).
Stereotyped or repetitive motor mannerisms.
Difficulty with “give and take” of conversation.

Tufted Titmouse
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Age: 49
Gender: Male
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16 May 2017, 3:14 pm

I would have to say that I am walking on the milder side of AS.

-Stims (pacing, picking at my skin)
-Some discomfort with eye contact, often miss what the person is trying to convey because I'm trying not to be rude by staring or "failing to pay attention". Unable to "get it' when others try to be subtle.
-Some sensitivity to light, have difficulty picking out discrete sounds from background noise, sensitive to touch, overzealous olfactory sensor (especially for sour and sweet smells, and I can smell a capful of rum being snuck into a virgin daiquiri from two rooms away. Alcohol smells hideous to me.)
-Meltdowns (pissed-off rants would be a more appropriate description, set off for often inadequate reasons)
-IQ well above average (gifted). Moderately poor executive function and poor working memory.
-Young appearance (this has varied over the years, I currently look younger than I am)
-Poor social skills (regardless of the fake it ‘til you make it school of thought), have been fortunate that none of my misunderstandings have resulted in firings or disciplinary action. Friendships are limited to my family and a few former shipmates.
-Fascination with dates and numbers
-Ability to hyperfocus. The rest of the world does not exist.
-Poor coordination and the uncanny ability to knock things over with my mere proximity. (I jokingly called it the Klutz Gene when I realized my daughters inherited my (lack of) grace back in the late '90s.
-Obsessive Interests (music, sound harmonics, warfare, history, certain aspects of sociology, economics, hard sciences, cryptozoology (open-minded skeptical viewpoint), numerical relationships, trying to figure out the female half of the species with the (un)willing assistance of my wife and daughters, daydreaming.

-Irregular speech pattern (Unless using an inordinate amount of archaic and precise language counts as irregular)
-Monotone voice (My voice has been described as melodic and multitoned, I have been a performing singer off and on over the years and I am experienced at public speaking)
-Face blindness (though I do forget names easily)
-Interests in computers (my interest in computers is only passing and not intense, would rather build and repair rather than program)

OK, defined by function level.
Can you live on your own? - I don’t know. I think probably yes, but I never really have. Have lived as part of a unit (military or familial) almost all of my adult life. I joined the military right out of high school. Was married when I was 21. When I was away and not living in close quarters as part of either unit, my wife and I would spend a great deal of time on the phone and she would call me to wake me in the mornings. I can cook, clean and generally take care of myself even though my wife says that I move very slowly.
Do you have a job? - I am currently employed.
How long have you had it? - This one? Eight months. The last ones in reverse order, 15 months, 23 months, six months, 23 years divided up into 11 separate locations and job descriptions, 1 MOS, two ratings, 7 NECs and dozens of qualifications and collateral duties. The flexibility and ability to change jobs was a lifesaver for me in the military.
What sort of job is it? – Mid-career semi-professional (No certs for job, working on them though.) This job is kind of exceptional though, I think the primary qualification was my status as a retired service member.
Did you graduate high school? - Yes. Barely. Had to go to night school to finish.
College? - Associate’s 4.00; Bachelors, Magna cum Laude 3.86 (25 years after barely finishing high school)
Have you ever had a significant relationship? Yes
Did it last long? 25+ years.
Did you get married? 24+ years ago.

There are probably other things but that is most of what I have figured out up to this point. I only had an epiphany about the possibility that I am on the spectrum about a year ago.

Your neurodiverse (Aspie) score: 153 of 200
Your neurotypical (non-autistic) score: 60 of 200
You are very likely neurodiverse (Aspie)


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30 Sep 2019, 10:10 pm

Uhm.. hate seeing my symptoms listed here , mostly feel better if i just live with it, and not dwell on it.
Serious ,, love the juxtaposition of this high IQ still button my tops incorrectly . Rarely put on bottoms backwards . No more issues with left from right hand. ..But can giggle about some of the symptoms ,except the socialization ones .. not being able to tell when those are happening. Just feel the fall out afterwards. Hopes you all do as well as you can.! :D

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30 Sep 2019, 11:12 pm

Traits I have:
-Stims (occasionally)
-Meltdowns (where my frontal lobes go into a fugue state after overtaxing)
-typical odd aspie vocal prosody, alternating sing/song with deep monotone]
-Face blindness/forgetting names
-Interests in some techy things
-poor social skills
-b&w thinking
-poor body language
-subpar motor coordination
-subpar visual-spatial coordination/proprioception
-eagle ear for sarcasm and disappointment in others
-sensory OD from bright lights and harsh sounds
-fair TOM

Traits I lack:
-exceptional intelligence
-quasi-savant brain type
-exceptional math and logic talent