Autism / Autism Spectrum Support Group

Autism is classified as a neurodevelopmental disorder which manifests itself in markedly abnormal social interaction, communication ability, patterns of interests, and patterns of behavior. Although the specific etiology of autism is unknown, many researchers suspect that autism results from genetically mediated vulnerabilities to environmental triggers.

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  • AspieAmes

    Would appreciate some insight

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    Hello!After 27 long years of feeling out of place in the world and kicking myself while I'm down, I'm finally at a point in life where I am embracing and enjoying myself as I am. This is in thanks to being officially diagnosed with high functioning autism and ADHD on the 3rd of November.I've been learning as much about AS, ASD and ADHD as I can memorize. So far I've found useful information from...
  • anjalilnoronha

    Just diagnosed recently at age 33

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    I was just recently diagnosed in October with high functioning autism and dyslexia and spatial and visual perception disabilities. I am 33 and I was bullied by a lot of people my whole life and have a history relationship problems. Now that I am on the right med combo I can actually sit still and be productive during the day. Before I couldnt sit still and had to constantly be needed by someone...
  • learner17

    seeking informatio

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    Hello to all,I joined the group to learn more about Autism. I particularly am interested in issuses parents are having with the school their child attend. Thank you
  • noah1989

    I'm parent of a child with high functioning autism

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    Hi I'm Noah, new the to the group, looking to meet other parents with kids who have autism. I'm 28, a speech language pathologist in an elementary school and a single parent to 8 year old twin boys. Taden is the older by 2 minutes, he has ADHD and an auditory processing disorder. Tyler was diagnosed at 4 with autism, bipolar disorder not specified, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, and...
  • AspieGuy73

    I'm new here

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    Hello Everyone, I'm new to this group. I was diagnosed 10 yrs ago with Asperger's Syndrome. Of course I know now that the DSM 5 has gotten rid of this diagnosis. I have a better grasp of things now over the last few yrs. I try to help people understand about this to the best of my knowledge and do things a bit different with that. I mainly share stories and experiences I have and like to help in...
  • Zahara

    Depression or sensory overload

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    I was told most of my life that I had boarderline personality disorder, with anxiety, depression and PTSD. We came to discover from a recent mental health counselor that all of my symptons came down to being on the autism spectrum. My whole life I knew something was different about me but no one was able to figure it out. Now that I have a answer to some of how my brain processes information, it...
  • KCrossman318

    Awaiting a diagnosis

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    Hi everyone,My son is in the process of being tested for autism, but his father and I firmly believe that he will be diagnosed with it. He was tested when he was 3 but there were not as many symptoms as there are now so they stated that he didn't have it. As the years have gone on we have noticed little eccentricities that he has that sound like high-functioning autism such as:-Hyper-focus on one...
  • KCrossman318

    Can't get a diagnosis

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    HI everyone! I am the mother of an amazing 11 year old boy. He has been diagnosed with ADHD but I believe that he actually has Asperger's. We had him tested when he was three but it was a little too early at that point and he wasn't too keen on doing the tests. Some of the reasons that I believe he has this are:-Doesn't like eye contact-Delayed speech when he was younger-Awkward in social...
  • Mangod90

    I have trouble accomplishing anything

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    I am a 27 year old with high functioning aspergers and I can't seem to be able to accomplish anything. I haven't been able to graduate from college, I can barley keep a job, and I can't even finish writing some fanfiction, can someone offer help to someone who can never seem to finish anything?
  • Community Leadersambod

    suggestion for after high school

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    My son is graduating this year.  after years of dealing with the schools and IEP's, we find ourselves thinking what is next?  My son is 19, high functioning.  He is currently doing a job internship in the afternoons and has done so all this school year, working a couple of hours at various locations and back grounds to see what would be a good fit. For those of you in the states, I would...
  • Jersey_of_Oz

    Why are services so frustrating?

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    So I have been trying to get my son a BSC since January, and due to a high turn over rate and an understaffed area, we have yet to have anyone come to the house to help, and today we had our 2nd ISPT for the same services. Why can't it just be simpliler?:) Susie
  • stephanie40

    new member

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    hello everyone i'm new here.my granddaughter gets tested this month for autism by a specilist.
  • Community Leadersambod

    test

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    test
  • Georgesmom

    Schools?

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    I currrently live in a small town in Mississippi.  The school system here has all of the children with disabilities ages K5-6th grade in one classroom and receiving no individualized assistance.  I want to move out of Mississippi with my 3yr old nonverbal son by the time he gets to K5.  I am having a very difficult time figuring out where we should go.  Does anyone have any suggestions...
  • Jersey_of_Oz

    I am going to kick the bus driver.

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    So the last day of school was this week. When the kids got off the bus, I said to the bus driver, hopefully next year will be better. Her reply. It better be better. me - well, we'll have time to work on it then. her - Ha, get better. Meanwhile she is looking at me with this death look staring me down with a straight face. Me - Well, have a good summer.  Her - I will now - and she closes the...