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Being a part of the life of a kid with Asperger's Syndrome

Need suggestions on stimulating, having fun and helping a boy with Asperger's Syndrome have a fulfilling life. More inside. [more inside]
posted by longjump on Jul 20, 2016 - 14 answers

Applying to jobs with no openings?

A career services counselor at my college called me to ask how my job search is going – I told him it's not. A bit of advice he gave me was to send out my cover letter and resume to companies that don't have any open positions. Coming from a man that once encouraged me to bribe employers by buying them gifts I'm hesitant to take seriously his advice. [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend on Jul 17, 2016 - 20 answers

What is Rule Out Autism Spectrum Disorder?

My son was diagnosed with "rule out autism spectrum disorder, mild." Help me understand this. [more inside]
posted by Biblio on Apr 9, 2016 - 10 answers

Programs for people with autism

I have a family member who is autistic and having a difficult time coping with school and with life in general. He has consented to attending a workshop or classes that might help him deal with things a little better. We are located in the San Jose area and wondering if anyone knows of any such programs. Thank you.
posted by madonna of the unloved on Apr 6, 2016 - 4 answers

Asperger's and Race

My elementary school student is on the autism spectrum, high functioning. He has just "noticed" different skin colors (and his school has just done Black History Month), so it's on top of his mind. We are a different race from the vast majority of his schoolmates, so it's particularly interesting to him. He does not pick up on social cues. We're having a problem with how he talks about race (this is in the USA). We need some resources for parents of autistic children in addressing this issue. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 16, 2016 - 13 answers

How to give more of yourself when the bank is empty.

I'm so spent. I have a brilliant 10-y-o kiddo who was diagnosed as being on the spectrum late last school year. Between handling various behavioral blips at school, social challenges, and various doctor/therapy appointments, I have nothing left for me. [more inside]
posted by heathrowga on Feb 29, 2016 - 29 answers

Finding a therapist in DC

Looking for personal, tried-and-true recommendations for a therapist in the DC area who works with adult women with autism spectrum disorders and accepts United insurance. Must be transit-accessible. [more inside]
posted by robot cat on Feb 18, 2016 - 0 answers

Tips for being a better listener

How to incentivize myself to talk about myself less? It turns out I love talking about myself (monologuing), but I want to love listening. Tell me your tips and tricks! [more inside]
posted by robot cat on Feb 9, 2016 - 9 answers

I need good full-day speakers/trainers on autism spectrum disorders

Part of my job is to bring speakers/trainers on ASD to Montana. I am looking for new presenters. Our primary audience is special education teachers, paraeducators and speech-language pathologists. So who would you suggest as a good presenter/trainer? [more inside]
posted by ITravelMontana on Jan 14, 2016 - 5 answers

Asperger's, people, and me

After reading endless books and blogs, I'm fairly certain I'm somewhere on the autism spectrum--specifically, that I have what used to be called Asperger's syndrome. I have some questions about whether it's worth it to seek a formal diagnosis, as well as well as whether there's any worthwhile type of therapy (or anything else) that might lead to improved work prospects and social interaction. [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Dec 20, 2015 - 12 answers

What's the perfect book to give a friend on the autistic spectrum?

He's in his mid-20s. Lives with his parents. Just started his first part-time job. He likes video games, board games, sports, circuses. He's a bit of foodie. He prides himself on being up for any (small) challenge. His favorite things to read are Wikipedia, IMDB, Ripley's Believe It or Not. [more inside]
posted by bookley on Dec 17, 2015 - 21 answers

No! Don't click on that!

Almost 10 year old daughter has no sense of appropriate viewing, and I'd like to get a software solution to help her stay clear of the skeevier parts of Youtube. [more inside]
posted by heathrowga on Dec 16, 2015 - 7 answers

Gift ideas for a 4-year-old nonverbal autistic nephew?

He loves fiddling with switches, buttons, knobs, etc. and taking things apart. He also loves throwing his toys across the room, so whatever I give him should not be so hard/heavy that it breaks windows or injures people upon impact. I've already tried Legos and Lego-like building toys with no luck. Ideas?
posted by Jacqueline on Dec 3, 2015 - 22 answers

Blog about High Functioning Autism

My three year old son has been diagnosed with autism. His psychologist has said on the old scale he would have been classed as "high functioning." I'd love to read a blog or something similar that details how a child with 'high functioning' autism has developed or will develop. Something which is basically a long-term personal story where the kid starts at a similar age to my son and where the kid is now, say, 7 years or older would be perfect. Thanks in advance!
posted by Effigy2000 on Oct 11, 2015 - 6 answers

Decent autism blogs/tumblrs/etc?

Having recently accepted that my ASD will not go away, and looking to engage a little bit more with it, can you recommend any regular fixtures (regular articles, blogs, tumblrs, books possibly) that are written from an autistic perspective? [more inside]
posted by solarion on Oct 5, 2015 - 6 answers

Can I tell someone who is on the spectrum that he's on the spectrum?

I have a former co-worker who I am convinced is on the autism spectrum. He is middle-aged, and I believe he is completely unaware of the cause of his unusual attitudes and behaviors. He has moved on to another employer but I remain in contact with him. I believe I could potentially do him a life-altering favor by expressing my opinion and suggesting he seek some help. Is it reasonable to do this and expect him to understand what I'm saying? Additional complication: I used to be his manager. Since I am no longer, I don't think there would be any legal or other potential issues, but please speak up if you disagree. Thanks!
posted by anonymous on Sep 16, 2015 - 29 answers

How do I ask for what I need/want without guilt-tripping people?

In the aftermath of a pretty fulfilling relationship that lasted almost a year, I've come to realize that I have never learned how to ask people for what I need in relationships without making people feel guilty for saying no. This might be a long one. Does anyone know of good books on how to do this or any suggestions/advice? [more inside]
posted by oogenesis on Sep 4, 2015 - 16 answers

How do you score the Dabrowski Overexcitability Test?

How do you score the Dabrowski Overexcitability Test? Here are two examples of tests/checklists, but I can't find a version of the test with a scoring scale to provide meaning and context.
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Aug 24, 2015 - 1 answer

Autism spectrum resources

What resources are useful for adults with an autism spectrum disorder (Asperger Syndrome)? Looking for books and resources oriented toward self-help, with a particular focus on cognitive/linguistic and sensory issues, though resources on social issues are welcome too. [more inside]
posted by robot cat on Aug 13, 2015 - 4 answers

Should I seek an autism diagnosis?

Should I seek an autism diagnosis? I was assessed for aspergers ten years ago, which was negative for a stated reason that I believe was incorrect, based on my own research into how autism presents in females. Is it worth trying again? [more inside]
posted by bluebell on Jul 26, 2015 - 10 answers

Help me read what other autistic adults have written!

I'm an adult in my 30s and have just been positively screened for Autism. I'm actually really happy, because a lot of things in my life now make a lot more sense. I'd like to read on the internets stuff that autistic adults have written about their own lives. I'm interested in personal blogs and stuff that has been more formally published. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 2, 2015 - 15 answers

Getting a Clinical Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder

I am a female over 40 and will be getting a clinical psych evaluation from my state rehab agency because I've told them I suspect I am on the spectrum. I'm looking for accommodation and support via the diagnosis. I'm concerned about getting misdiagnosed. [more inside]
posted by Beethoven's Sith on Apr 28, 2015 - 5 answers

The amount of autistic people in the United States

If autism is diagnosed in 1 of 68 children, and there are 381 million people in the country, can I use these two facts to find out how many people in the US are autistic?
posted by motioncityshakespeare on Feb 19, 2015 - 10 answers

Novel research question

For the purposes of fiction, I am trying to learn about what it was like for an American child to be diagnosed with autism or Asperger's syndrome in the mid-1980s. [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena on Feb 10, 2015 - 10 answers

Testing for Asperger as an adult

How reliable are tests for Asperger Syndrome in adults? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 5, 2015 - 8 answers

How can I become a better teacher assistant?

I just started a new job working as a teacher assistant in a public school. I am working primarily in a separate classroom with a group of kids with varying disabilities, e.g. autism and down's syndrome. This is my first time working with kids who have disabilities, and I can tell that I have a lot to learn! How can I become a better, more effective, more confident and relaxed teacher assistant? [more inside]
posted by soundproof on Nov 11, 2014 - 3 answers

How to have an adult assessed for autism for insurance purposes

What do I need to do and where do I need to go to have my adult brother receive a professional assessment stating he has autism and will need lifelong health insurance through my father? [more inside]
posted by srrh on Nov 7, 2014 - 8 answers

I need help naming a blog

Metafilter has named cats and dogs, and roller derby babes. This should be easy. On the book of faces I talk a lot about my life with Agent K, my 11 yo with autism. I'd like to move it over to it's own blog and talk about our life, link to interesting articles and products, post pictures, etc. He's always been Agent K and he calls me Muh-ver, Mommy, or Heyshea. I keep a Pintrest board titled Agent K's Awesome board. Any thoughts?
posted by FunkyHelix on Oct 27, 2014 - 13 answers

Mom: Destroying Friendships Since 2014

My son has social delays that make making friends hard. He was finally on his way to making a real friend, and I (his mother) ruined it by inadvertently alienating the other child's mother. I can't fix it. How do I live with it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 25, 2014 - 17 answers

Meditative, calming Android apps (or websites)

I'm looking, roughly speaking, for a game, but it needs to be as un-game-like as possible. I'd like something interactive I can play with when feeling overwhelmed which is visually appealing, responsive, fairly simple, and has few or no objectives. Levels and world-building are too addictive for this purpose. I'd like to be able to start and stop playing quite easily, and to be able to play when my mind is out for the count (so no puzzles). Can you help? [more inside]
posted by lokta on Sep 20, 2014 - 14 answers

Schooling options for anxious middle schooler

My 12-year old son (previously and previouslier) is having trouble in middle school, to the extent that he is frequently absent because of what appears to be anxiety-related nausea. He was also recently diagnosed as what would have previously be Aspergers. I would love to hear some suggestions about alternatives to traditional schooling that might work, given some complications explained inside. [more inside]
posted by bibliowench on Sep 5, 2014 - 18 answers

Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. A good thing?

My daughter just turned 10 and she has traits that may well indicate that she is somewhere at the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum. Should I get a formal diagnosis? [more inside]
posted by slightlybewildered on Sep 2, 2014 - 17 answers

Not Even Sure Where to Start

I need a new job but I'm not sure where to even start looking. I don't feel like I'm qualified to do much of anything but what I'm doing now but I am BURNT OUT! So what's a 20 something with a sorta-liberal arts degree who hasn't done much but hang out with kids all day supposed to do? [more inside]
posted by missriss89 on Aug 21, 2014 - 11 answers

I am fully aware you are not my doctor.

I have an 8 year old boy and a new prescription for Concerta (for him, not for me). After more than a year of testing and discussion, I've accepted the 'script because - as our doctor was very clear - we can always decide not to fill it. I'm asking you to help us decide if we should try this. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Aug 18, 2014 - 28 answers

Just got the dreaded Autism diagnosis, where to start?

My two and half old son got diagnosed with autism yesterday. I am obviously freaking out. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 8, 2014 - 21 answers

Video suggestions for a classical music obsessed 12 year old w/ austim?

My nephew is a musical genius- perfect pitch, memorized discography of most prominent classical composers, and he plays clarinet and piano (also almost any instrument he picks up.) He has autism and has been preoccupied with the Baby Einstein (and language and Beethoven) series since he was very, very young (a baby). I think one of the reasons he still holds onto it and will watch it over and over is because it's visually and musically interesting with out having a plot that his attention cannot hold onto or is too difficult to grasp emotionally. Anyone have recommendations for music/band films that would be appropriate for a 12 year old that is visually interesting with out a plot? He has watched almost every Disney and classic musical out there, but I wonder if there is something like the BE series, but more mature. Thanks!
posted by nbaseman on Jul 28, 2014 - 24 answers

Cleaning for the uninclined?

At the grand old age of 26, I am moving into my first place, away from home (living by myself). I need tips for keeping my place clean. [more inside]
posted by Aranquis on Jul 10, 2014 - 25 answers

How can I teach someone on the Asperger's Spectrum Social Skills?

How can I teach an adult on the Asperger's/Autism Spectrum social skills specifically tailored to the office environment? [more inside]
posted by Jewel98 on May 19, 2014 - 18 answers

Stop biting behavior in an SPD/ASD kid?

Our young (<6) child has sensory processing issues, and is lashing out physically when she is overwhelmed. We don't want to pull her from a generally beneficial school, and she's already in occupational therapy, what else can we do to stop the aggressive behavior? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 13, 2014 - 11 answers

Graduate Housing for the Complicated

I had a poor experience in dorm life previously. Now that I'm going to graduate school I'm facing a difficult decision, about whether to live on or off campus. [more inside]
posted by Aranquis on Apr 14, 2014 - 22 answers

Giving up on other people

If you have failed at forming relationships (of any kind), is there a point where you should just accept you don't have the skills and are incapable of developing them? [more inside]
posted by Aranquis on Apr 6, 2014 - 40 answers

Pros and Cons of retention for a 4th grader with special needs

I'm looking for research or studies that examine the pros and cons of having a child with special needs (especially Autism Spectrum Disorder) repeat a grade versus social promotion. I'd also like to hear from teachers or educators who've held kids back and any students (especially those that were receiving special education services) that were held back in the 3rd, 4th or 5th grade and how it impacted you. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 26, 2014 - 9 answers

The only disability in life is a bad attitude.

Should I disclose my son's ASD and ADHD to other parents when he goes on playdates where we are not present? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 18, 2014 - 27 answers

I Don't Understand The Point Of This Autism Video by Carly Fleischmann

Let me make this very specific: I'm an autism specialist. I have blog about autism as part of my job. I post useful information to the Montana Autism Education Project blog. But I'm having trouble understanding the usefulness of this video as a teaching tool. The video begins by saying, "Autism has locked me in a body that I can't control." Great opening, but the video ends by saying, "Everyone has an inner voice. I found a way to let mine out." But the video does not show Carly letting her voice out. She gets frustrated and stands up in slow motion. It's a good perspective video, kind of, but it doesn't show how she changes her response to get coffee. There are better videos that I can use for trainings that show what interactions/coffee shopsa are like for someone with autism spectrum disorder. Am I missing something in this video that shows a person with autism using her voice/communication? Disclaimer stuff: I know who Carly is.
posted by ITravelMontana on Mar 15, 2014 - 5 answers

Socially acceptable stims (other than doodling) -- are there any?

Having discovered that a nontrivial fraction of people find my preferred stim distracting and rude, I'm on the lookout for other tactile stims/stim toys that are more socially acceptable. Doodling doesn't do it for me, for whatever reason. In situations where stimming is most helpful to me, I usually don't have a table to hide my hand motions under, so subtlety would be nice, as would silence. I'm especially interested in hearing from people who are affronted by knitting in social and work situations. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by dorque on Feb 28, 2014 - 72 answers

When do I reveal my agnosticism to my eight-year old?

My eight-year old was talking about god the other day, and she said something that my first impulse was to correct, but instead I ignored it. She said, "like you, I believe in god." Problem is, I kinda don't. But I'm pretty much the only one in the family with doubts, and I'm not sure when it makes sense to reveal it, specifically to this child. The reason I have doubts about talking to her specifically about it is because she's on the spectrum, and I think that makes it harder for her, especially so young, to sustain her own beliefs. I envy people of faith, but I do not share their faith. Have you dealt with this issue? How do you handle it when you're kid's a believer, but you're not. Special snowflake details inside [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 17, 2014 - 37 answers

I need help with my son's iep

At the parent-teacher conference Dec 5th the teacher told me my autistic/ADHD/OCD/GAD child is so aggressive the staff fears their safety and want to use restrainsts, and they want to bring it up in the next iep. This is the first I've heard of any aggression. [more inside]
posted by FunkyHelix on Dec 26, 2013 - 14 answers

Mazatlan, Mexico - Who Can Connect Me With People Interested in Autism?

I'll be in Mazatlan for five days in January. If there is a local group interested in autism, I would like to offer to speak to them. I searched the web for autism "groups" but couldn't find anything for a local autism group/parent group like I could find in the United States. Do you know an autism group or a contact with the education department that you can suggest to me? Thanks. Disclaimer stuff: My fee for talking would be no money, just a suggestion for a good restaurant. I'm not trying to build my ego, just offering a chance to talk to people about autism. I do that regularly in my day job and it doesn't matter where I go, when I say that I'm an autism specialist everyone has questions. If I can offer some answers, that's good. I make my living as a specialist in autism and have for 25 years. I don't speak Spanish but am used to working with interpreters.
posted by ITravelMontana on Dec 5, 2013 - 1 answer

Career advice/resources for autistic adults: go!

Recently I have had to come to terms with the fact that 1) I am somewhere on the autistic spectrum and 2) I am working in a field that is not ever going to be very accommodating for me. Advice and pointers needed; secret spices, more info and toy inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 4, 2013 - 14 answers

Looking for resources on autism

My 5 year old nephew was recently officially diagnosed with autism, as a two on the three-level scale. I know next to nothing about autism and am seeking resources that will help me become more educated about the disorder. I would love recommendations on books, blogs, magazine articles, documentaries, etc. [more inside]
posted by imalaowai on Oct 17, 2013 - 21 answers

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