Help on the Way
simpletwist suggested this topic, and my first reaction was to be amazed that it didn't already exist. But, while we do have various topics along this line (e.g. Positive Vibes, A Little Light, and Shelter From the Storm), we really don't have a topic where people in need of help--and who among us does not need help at some point?--can explain the situation and ask.
So here it is.
just decide what you want to call it and I'll start it up!
I like all these ideas about heads on the spectrum. Thanks for such a great response. It really is a great help to those who are yet to be diagnosed when they can find a forum like this that would help them along the way.
After signing off here I was listening to a really great version of Franklin's Tower and a thought occurred to me for a name for the autism forum. How about "Roll Away the Dew, Heads on the Autism Spectrum"? This would use Mr. Pid's excellent suggestion plus tie it to this forum where the idea was born! Just a thought.
I like that one Mr. Pid!
How about "Heads on the Spectrum" Subtitle "No, not the one in Philly, the Autism Spectrum."
Conversation is always more interesting than recitation, so speak your mind and not someone else's.
...penned by the tranquil turtle!
I meant to say "laying _it_out there"
what should we call the topic? I once amused my friends at dinner by announcing that we were all Aspies on this bus, but I don't think that strikes quite the right note here.
Wow! tphokie1 , what a wonderfully simple yet expansive description of this complex and different way of being. Thanks for laying out here....
Jackstraw fromCo, the symptoms can be quite varied. Essentially I've been told that people with autism usually have issues in 3 areas. They have difficulties with socialization and often do not understand social interactions and social cues. They usually have some deficits in language skills (Asperger syndrome appears to be an exception to this one). Last they have some issues with sensory input. This deals with 7 senses and not just the "5 senses" I learned as a child. The 2 additional senses involved are called vestibular sense and proprioception (hope I spelled that right). I'm still not totally clear on these 2 senses but essentially they tell us where our bodies are in space. Its confusing because most of us take these senses so much for granted. These 2 senses explain the rocking, jumping, twirling or need to swing for hours seen in many individuals with autism. Issues with the other 5 senses can vary greatly. For example one individual with autism may be super sensitive to sound (such as Rain Man in the movie) while another may be deaf. The early symptoms may include delayed development of useful language (many children with autism may repeat phrases or words but have no useful language while others just don't talk on time). Also repetitive or ritualistic play can be a tip off. Some children with autism may withdraw from hugs etc. but others may be excessively clingy. Autism is a neurological disorder not a mental illness. Many people with autism are geniuses while others may have intellectual disabilities. Some people think Mozart, Einstein and Picasso had autism to name a few. Asperger syndrome is a bit different from other disorders on the spectrum as these individual's may develop language skills earlier than average. Don't know if this helps. I'm certainly not the expert. Don't know that there is an expert. A common saying that is very true is that "if you've met one person with autism, you've met one person with autism". They're all very unique individuals. I also stress that I use the words "disorder" or "syndrome" only because that is the current term. Many of history's greatest musicians, artists, scientists and holy men probably had some form of autism. The fact it is described as a "disorder" is largely society's problem, not theirs'.