Many adults with high functioning autism are parents. a minor issue, or when I simply came home from school and was in an abject rage for no reason. All play dates require an entire afternoon of downtime for all of us. We're 1% of the general population, which is higher than it sounds. (Seriously, on my first ever date the girl wanted me to pay for her lunch, I've lost a number of valued friends this way, as a teenager and as an adult. born- on the wrong planet, among a bunch of aliens who don't function like you do. Ten years later as a year-old adult, I embrace affection. are some things you need to know when it comes to dating someone with autism.
I think the demands of a weird society push anxiety onto them. When I was in Year 2 7 years old I decided to brainstorm all the dinosaur species I knew from memory. I stopped when I reached I can only focus for lengths of time on things I find genuinely interesting.
This makes me rude, rather than the people who pull it off and successfully trick you. As a child I had no concept of other people lying to me just because they thought it would be funny. Those are my own strengths, and others have strengths that I do not. I think 60 and are more useful though, and I have a soft spot for Sounds obvious, but the less margin of error there is the easier things are to do.
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Therefore, facts 51 to 75 can be found here. I have made a new friend who has AS and I came across your article while researching so that I could understand her better. It has really helped my understanding.
Rob Ferdon 8 months ago Thank you for the insider information! I am starting a relationship with a women and her 22 year old son has Aspergers. I didn't know much about it so I began to educate myself about it. I have been on many sites and saw this one that had in site from a person who actually has it and thought it would be a beneficial aspect to learn more about it from.
I want to gain as much knowledge about it out of resect for her son as well as his mother. I made him uncomfortable in some ways because of me misreading too. But he does give me his full attention when we talk, I should probably chill with the sarcasm and jokes too right? And change the way I act towards him at work. I want to slap my forehead cause I feel like an idiot, thank you so much for this article.
Alegria 12 months ago a slightly different perspective I can strongly relate to much of what you said, even laughed a few times. Particularly, the "Stop Hinting and Using Subtext".
I get so mad at my girlfriend, I ask a basic question and she responds with irrelevant information. Or an example, if I do not hear someone, I might respond with, "What? Nine times out of ten they do not repeat what they said. It can be so frustrating, I think, because why would anyone not just mean what they say?
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Sounds so impractical, autistic or not. Anyway, thanks for writing there. I will read them. I met a woman at a conference once who had lost a 3 year old child to cancer. She told me she had the same experience that you are having - people just backed away from her, probably because they didn't know what to do or say.
My take away from that conversation and from this online exchange is to just be there and show up! We can work out the rest along the way. Thank you and I'm sorry for your losses. Maybe you should express to these people that it helps you in this time of loss to be included in everyday things.
I can tell you what I want, but I don't know how relevant it would be to your friend because every person is different. I want to be included in my friends lives like I was before the losses hit. Many of them have pulled away. They avoid even mentioning my name on facebook like admitting I went with them somewhere or played a game with them irl for ten years while recognizing everyone else who did the same would be bad for some reason.
It makes me feel invisible and unwanted. Be sure you tell your friend that you care about him whatever job he's working, whether he succeeds or fails you'll still be there, because I think anyone would appreciate that sentiment. So I really appreciate hearing your perspective. It helps me to understand a friend that is really different from most people I know. He is currently going through a grieving process because he is leaving a job he loves and taking on a new one that's challenging.
He is trying to cope with feelings of sadness and pain that he doesn't understand. He was totally not expecting to feel this way and he has trouble expressing what he is feeling and he wants the pain to go away.
For my other friends - I have an instinct for how to help - encourage them to talk, express themselves, hug them, be present. But when we talk and I ask him how he is feeling he can't tell me very well and I feel like even the question feels like a judgment to him.
Especially if he can't answer it. If this was a NT person I would treat him as I would like to be treated, but we are so different that doesn't work. I'm not even sure he likes to be hugged. Of course as a woman I know we always want to talk about feelings or even want to talk more than men do in general. I appreciate your comments about taking someone at their word as to what they want.
However, I don't think he knows what he wants. So I was reaching out to ask what works for you when you are grieving or feel like you can't express emotion? Do you want someone to be patient and encourage you to try? Or should I just be silent?
Or offer a distraction from the situation entirely and go out and do something fun with him? Some autistic people have a genius for acting and have no difficulty fitting in.
It's best to find out each individual's talent and skill at acting and how much it either does or does not exhaust them. We can't all be actors as talented and skilled as Morgan Freeman or Robert Carlyle, but then again, some of us may be and many may fall somewhere in the middle of the road, too. The better we can fake normality and fit into whatever culture we live in, the safer, happier, healthier, and more financially fit we can be.
Everyone has different levels of ability and different challenges. Shay 21 months ago Speaking as someone who grew up with Asperger Syndrome I might also add that not everyone with Autism or Asperger Syndrome is the same.
We have different lives and environments growing up, the same as anyone, and we all have our quirks, anxieties, phobias and other differences that make us react or behave differently in certain situations Some of us are more adept at socializing and fitting in than others.
It may seem like a lot of work and patience sometimes, but other times, we just might surprise you with how "normal" we are! Depression can be a killer, so thank you for reaching out to a young person suffering from depression. I have Aspergers and I've found that I get along best with introverts because they tend not to put uncomfortable social pressures on me because they, personally, tend to really understand how uncomfortable certain social situations can be without explanation.
Luna55 2 years ago Thank you so much for this article. I have a friend I met online who have this syndrome. He is 18 only and it is accompanied his chronic depression. Thank God, he open up to me and told me about his syndrome in two days. I've been listening to him and talking to him about him.
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I often tell him that he come come to me when he feel alone cause he often feel that way. I do not really get about this so I don't know what to do really as I'm an introvert myself. This article let's me know more about it so thank you.
Otherwise, some people like you attack us emotionally, financially, or even physically. We can't get or keep a job, get appropriate medical care, or even get treated with basic human decency unless we can accommodate all of the NTs around us to their satisfaction.
I've personally been beaten into the hospital for "being a retard" when I was caught by a couple of NTs when I was rocking in reaction to having just been raped while I was homeless.
All those things that particular rape, the beatings, the homelessness were direct or indirect results of being autistic and unable to feign the right degree of normality to keep normal people from acting like savages.
Forgive me if it doesn't make me cry if you don't love anyone who is autistic enough to treat them like a real human being now and again; your hurt feelings kind of seem small and petty compared to getting beaten into the hospital because normal people can't accept me.
If you read the words on the page, it's clear they are intended for people interested in being better friends to the people they love who have autism, not for people who hate being around us.
If you can't stand people different from yourself, don't read what they write and don't spend time with them. You might also ask yourself where your urge to lash out at random autistic people online comes from and deal with it. You have no idea who you've chosen to lash out against today or what I'm currently suffering. Just so you know, my sister just died and I'm dealing with the fact that people like you have made it so there's no grief counseling available for people like me that does anything other than model us into modes and expressions of grief that won't bother people like you.
I can't get help with my pain; all I can get is help keeping people like you from reacting badly and immaturely to my expressions of grief. You probably don't care and see my desire to be thought of as a person as something I just shouldn't have because you can't see me or anyone like me as someone with needs and feelings. You seem to see my basic human needs and desires as selfish.
This page upsets you because I've asked people who WANT to to give their autistic loved ones a chance to be themselves, to stop accommodating them for just brief periods of time. Think about that for a minute.
You are upset by someone giving suggestions she was asked by a reader to give to people who desire to be better friends to the autistic people they love. Autistic people have to accommodate normal people every second we are with them, yet you see it as selfishness to explain how people who actually care about their autistic loved ones can sometimes give them a chance to have some relief and to be themselves.
Tessa Please listen carefully to yourself. It's all about you. Your difficulties etc etc. And again, we NTs have to bend over backward to accommodate you. How about the NTs. Ever spared a thought how hard it is for us to deal with aspies?
Consider that too please. The only autistic-specific monkey-wrench I can think of is that we tend to believe what other people say. A mutual friend could have said you did or said something that would very logically get you kicked off friend lists if it were actually true. I'd suggest you investigate that possibility and then consider all the usual reasons people block each other on facebook if it's not the case.
I've blocked people on facebook for: That's just a very short list because there are many reasons I've blocked people on facebook. You'll notice that they are perfectly normal reasons and that you'd probably block people for similar things if they applied to you or your situation. Autistic people block people for every reason other people do; we may just have a few extra reasons stemming from how poorly some "normal" people react to anyone who is even the least bit different.
Instead of trying to figure out autistic reasons your friend may have blocked you, try to figure out reasons that a guy with his political, moral, and social leanings might have blocked you. I agree wholeheartedly, the world would be a whole lot easier to navigate, if people would say what they mean, and stop hinting around. I hope you find the information helpful. Thank you for this article, it is insightful and helpful to me.
I really just want to understand this person better and try to be there for them in a way that they need me or wish me to be there. I'm fortunate in that my brother tries, but I think he's just on the edge of the spectrum himself so he "gets" a lot of stuff he might not feel himself because he might feel similar things if slightly less intensely or intrusively. One thing that helped a person I know become a friend of mine was that I told him it's like we have a different interface with the world and run on a different operating system from most people.
We're sort of like Macs in a world where PCs are the norm.
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My son is 25 and even his own brothers haven't taken the time to learn WHO is is!!! Toni Boucher 4 years ago I really like this! Thanks for pointing out the ironies in such a thought provoking article. My situation is I am a mother of an aspire son. I am very familiar with raising an aspie child, in fact he's my only child and so I am not sure I would even know about parenting a NT child. The point is that I am familiar with Aspergers when it comes to parenting Not when it comes to aspie adults and relationships.
A year ago when I started working at the place I work now, I immediately noticed a man who was extremely smart, great with his clients caringhad a fun sense of humor related to our profession.
He works great in our crazy setting and he is genuine in all things. He came across to me as someone who was a loner in school, extremely smart, and not many friends if any.
I guess if I went by other coworkers' comments "nerd" would be their classification. They think highly of him, but they say that about him. I don't judge and I don't get that at all about him. Yes, he may seem a bit different, When I would see him, my face would blush, my heart would race, my breathing would become fast, and I stumbled or stuttered. I realized that I am smitten over this man because he is everything I look for. Being a mom of an aspie, I had a hunch that he had some kind of Autism Spectrum diagnosis, but I never thought anymore about it.
I worked up the courage after 4 mos.