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Question?: Autistic Adults

Jenny asks…

Group homes for autistic adults?

My son is 18 now and is beginning the journey towards independence. There is a group home with an opening where I think he could succeed. How do I best impart my wisdom and knowledge about how best my son will succeed to the staff?

admin answers:

You don’t. When your son moves into a group home he becomes a part of a group think process. He will be exposed to what is easiest and most productive for all. If you want his individual needs to be addressed, a group home is not where he belongs.

Look at supported independent living if you want his needs met individually.

ETA: Supported independent living can involve 24/7 in home supports. The difference is that your son would employ the in home supports and they would do as he and his other supports determined they would do. In a supported independent living setting, you can choose to live with others, but unlike a group home, you and the people you live with are in charge. You choose the people you live with. You choose where you live.

Groups home are an outdated notion that no one needs given proper supports.

I live independently – and yet I need support from my friends and children and parents (as do most people who live in this world.). Independent means you are in charge of your life – you make the decisions – even if the decision is to let someone else help you make the decision.

A group home is a business. It is not a home in any real sense of the word.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Adults

Thomas asks…

Is this recent autism epidemic only going in America or all over the globe?

If it’s only exploded in America, why?

admin answers:

It’s not an epidemic. Autism has simply been researched more, so there’s more awareness and information about it now than before and there is easier access to information about it now than before too. The media seems to have caught interest in it too, which is maybe why you hear more about autism now than before.

More professionals and even normal people recognize the symptoms now and refer autistic people to specialists who can help them. Before, autistic people were often either misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all.

I’m an adult and only recently found out that I have an autism spectrum disorder. I wasn’t diagnosed as a child because nobody knew why I was so “weird”. Both I and everyone who knows me have always known that something is wrong, but the problem was not identified and dealt with until recently.

It’s not just in America. Other developed countries understand autism better now too and are doing more about it than before.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Teenagers

Sandra asks…

Teenagers, when you’re in a depressed mood have you thought about suicide?

You know when we try to cope with hormonal mood swings. Have you ever attempted or thought about committing suicide? How long do these mood swings last? I heard they last for a few days but what if they last for months? Have you ever felt so happy for no reason? Like you’re on top of the world or not thinking about what you’re doing and do things more than usual? When you get depressed you show a lot of symptoms of clinical depression and when you’re happy you show symptoms of mania? You get these episodes and they last for months?! Yep I think that sounds like me. I thought I had depression until I recognise I’m not always like that they come and go and you go up and down for no reason? I’m just a normal teenager going through hormones? When I’m in a depressed mood the suicidal thoughts come back for no reason and that’s normal?!! I have autism by the way. Would it be hormones mixed with autism?

admin answers:

I'm sorry if this is not the best answer but I just wanted to let you know you aren't alone, I would say many people, especially teens, experience it but it doesn't mean it isn't real or less painful. As for how having autism affects it I don't know… I think regardless it's still really important to, as hard as I know it is, get help and to feel loved and wanted.

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Question?: Autistic Definition

Nancy asks…

How come even autistic people post questions on yahoo answers and communicate with others?

Okay I think autistic are those who are self absorbed and don’t communicate with anyone and keeps on doing repititive actions and just sit at one place with no expressions on their face and pays no attention to anyone and is lost in their own world. I don’t even know if they can read and write. If someone try to talk to them or interrupt them they become violent or uncontrollable. This is what I think about autistic people and I have seen in TV serial about autistic girl.

But here on y/a, I can see some people are posting question and answer and they say I am autistic, and they even talk to other people here, ask question and advice others by answering. Are they trolls or a real autistic can really communicate with others. Do u think autistic people use other media tools like facebook or anything.
Chill people, I never had an intention to offend anyone, but if still I did, then I sincerely apologize. I am not judging. Actually I don’t know about this disease and only know what I saw on TV. So when I see autistic people asking questions here, I was astonished and so in order to clear my doubt and out of curiosity I asked this question.

admin answers:

“Okay I think autistic are those who are self absorbed and don’t communicate with anyone and keeps on doing repititive actions and just sit at one place with no expressions on their face and pays no attention to anyone and is lost in their own world.”

Well, that pretty much explains everything, Your mental image of autism is way off, and clichéd.

“Actually I don’t know about this disease ”
Correct. By strict technical definition it’s not even a disease.

We vary. If you want to grab hold of one thing about people with autism, it’s that we vary.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Teenagers

Mandy asks…

School says I have symptoms of someone with autism?

Ok, sooo Im not exactly the most behaved kid in the world, but for school to tell me something like that, its pretty shocking, I don’t even know what it is, what is autism? :s
I put a front on, and almost crave attention sometimes, I act ‘cocky’ and im not even too sure why, I hate it when I know somethings going to happen, and I get let down, or something about the plan changes, so for example if I had planned with someone to go out or something, and they changed their mind at the last minute, it would really f-u-c-k me off -.- I also don’t know how to talk to people, if that makes sense, I don’t like eye contact much as It make me feel uncomfortable, any new people or situations also makes me feel uncomfortable, is this autism? What exactly ( emphasis on the exactly 😛 ) is it, can it be cured? Is is a learning disable, because at school they say im bright, im so confused about the whole thing, im 15, 16 next year, was I born with it? :S
Thanks for any answers 🙂
Sorryyy, I forgot to add that the reason school told me this was because they’re wanting me to see a physiologist who works with people with autism

admin answers:

Although your school can say such a thing it takes an expert to give a proper diagnosis about this. Similar behaviour can just be a result of being in your mid teens. Since you’re capable of doing your school work then if anything it would be Asperger’s Syndrome, which is part of the autistic spectrum and is sometimes called ‘high functioning autism’, since full blown autism is frequently accompanied with mental retardation. Aspergers Syndrome is nothing like so serious, I have it myself and function perfectly well and I am also an expert in engineering and computers as opposed to being a retard. The main obvious effects of Aspergers are mostly about social interaction and anxiety, often accompanied with fairly high intelligence and facination with technical subjects. If you do think that you have this then you should try to seek a professional diagnosis. If you have it then don’t panic, it’s no big deal once you know what it is. Maybe you should do some research yourself, there’s plenty of information about it online. As I say, it might just be the usual symptoms of being a moody teenager finding your place in the adult world instead, which is a difficult time for nearly everyone. (don’t take offense!). It’s not curable and if you have it then you always have had it but it’s neither a disability nor a mental ilness, it’s more like a different way of seeing the world. Anyway, do you really want to be Mr or Mrs Average? How boring would that be? Anyway it might cheer you up to know that it’s very common amongst scientists, engineers and artists as opposed to people who flip burgers in MacDonalds for a living – they’re all very normal.

Don’t be worried about seeing a psychologist, they don’t bite. Obviously you need to know whether you have it or not. If not then that’s good but if you do then they’ll give you a lot of help to understand what it is and how to deal with it. I hated it at first when I was told that I had it but now I find it has really helped me to understand myself, I really wish that I’d understood when I was your age rather than at the age of 35.

Having had six years to get used to the idea (I’m 41 now) I’m completely happy in myself, something that I could never have achieved without understanding myself as well as I do now. Obviously some of that understanding comes with age too. However, I’m glad that there’s no ‘cure’ because that would be the same thing as a complete change in my personality – I like my personality just the way it is, such a change would effectively make me a different person.

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Question?: Autistic Adults

Jenny asks…

Is Michael Jackson autistic?

I’ve read on the internet and from interview that he shows traits of i.e. having loads of pets, becoming obssesed with perfecting his dance moves alone ect, im one of his biggest fans but ive been wondering if hes autistic aswell

btw i have it

admin answers:

I know of several autistic people who have unlimited talents that are autistic. Autistic children as well as grown autistic adults strive for perfection, and are very persistent when trying to do something. They don’t give up until they have achieved what they are trying to learn. They will repetitively do things beyond perfection.
Einstein was said to have been autistic as well. To answer your question, I don’t know if Michael Jackson was autistic or not, but he definitely showed signs of it! PERFECTION TO THE MAX.

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Question?: Autistic Adults

Mary asks…

Do autistic adults rip paper as well?

Now I mean as a stim

admin answers:

Yep.
Its a common stim on the autism spectrum.

Am not around people on the high functioning end and cannot ever say have ever heard off the HFAs/aspies have known online they ever had this habit,but there are many of us with classic autism who rip material as stimming.
One person who used to live here-a teen going into adulthood with very profound autism used to be gotten a pile of argos catelogues near enough every day and he woud stand there and tear through them with no effort,if he wasnt gotten any he woud flip and violently shred people instead.

One very calm/easy going adult with moderate autism used to rip curtains,heavy duty rugs,carpet,chairs etc,and speaking of own experience; used to be very bad with this habit-woud shred through clothes,toilet roll,any matierial,and was slowly gotten out of the habit by staff,though sometimes if theres material stuck out of something will start shredding it and not have a clue until am gotten away from it by staff.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Adults

Susan asks…

When should I see a regular psychologist?

Compared to other people, I seem to have more mental issues than the average person that accumulate to create random problems in my every day life. I think I have hypochondriac tendencies, so I don’t want to run off to a psychologist when it isn’t necessary (my husband and I don’t have a lot of money). Here are the main things:

I’ve never been diagnosed with ADHD but my mom, my premarital counselor, my husband and I have all wondered about it. When I have a project to do I have a ton trouble getting started. Once I get started I have trouble stopping. I hate being interrupted for anything.

I am extremely introverted and I scored a 29 on the AQ test. Those two things might be related, but I did find out that a score of 29 means I might have Asperger’s syndrome. I used to have a lot more trouble with people than I do now, but for instance, I got extremely depressed when I worked at a tech support/customer service place, largely because I hate being out of the house for that long and I also hate being forced to talk to people when I’m thinking about something else. It is too hard to focus. Now I clean houses which is a lot better, but I’m still out of the house for a long time and it makes me so tired that I don’t get much done in my time off (still better than the tech support place though).

I know most people hate costumer service and so forth, but I feel like my reaction was a little bit intense. I actually hoped to get in car accidents and so forth. I didn’t want to die, but I did want to have any possible excuse to not have to return to that place. I think the lighting, the dust, and tiny open cubicles were bad too. My coworkers and bosses were just fine, though.

Also: while I believe that autism and ADHD exist, I view them as extreme sections on a spectrum more than as problems. I think they are simply differences in people’s biological makeup or reactions to the world around them so I will not be taking any medication that affects my brain unless I really don’t think I can function without it. I am interested in talking to a psychologist to see if I should adjust my behavior, and to have someone to help me do so if necessary. Basically, just don’t suggest psychiatry. I am curious to know if others think I should see a psychologist. A psychologist’s opinion would be nice 😛

admin answers:

Asperger’s Syndrome (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) and ADHD are neurological in nature. Many of the co-current symptoms, like depression, are a mental condition.

If you see a psychologist, you’ll need one who knows how to recognize autism in adults. Adults have had a lifetime to adjust to certain symptoms. You’ll need to remember how you behaved as a child (taking a parent or sib with you who remembers this stuff will be of great help). Though an interesting caveat, for many of us, our symptoms have gotten worse with age. Also, take with you the knowledge that females are more difficult to diagnose.

Luck!

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Question?: Autistic Kids

Lisa asks…

Do you think cats are good for autistic kids?

I have two very young (3 and 4) autistic kids. Just got two kittens, about 7 and 4 month old. Just wondering.

admin answers:

Of course! Animals are great for autistic kids as they help them to communicate and learn responsibility ( have them help to feed and water the kittens ,and brush their fur) You have to watch that the kids don’t get too rough,though,and hurt the kittens.My cousin’s 8 year old autistic daughter just got a kitten and she loves her.They have always had animals,but this is the first time Brooke has ever shown interest in one of them.Animals are often used in therapy for autistic children.Good luck with your kids and kittens.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Adults

Carol asks…

I repeat myself alot would you say I have autism and echolalia?

I repeat myself quite a lot on Facebook without realising And I tend to repeat what someone has said to me, never been tested for autism and aspergers nor echolalia I’m 25 but would like your opinion on what you think I’ve got by how I’m describing things to you. Always had problems understanding what people say to me and with what I read I also don’t understand people’s feelings very well either. What do you think I’ve got and how do I go about getting it diagnosed?.

admin answers:

You aren’t autistic or Asperger’s. Period. Obviously you have heard a little about ASD, but not enough to know what the real issues are for people with this condition. Autism is a syndrome, thus it has many differing symptoms. When you don’t mention even on, with concerns to yourself, it is easy to tell you are not on the spectrum. You should visit an autism classroom or group home, or even look on You Tube to see what autism is really like.

Here are the actual symptoms and the diagnostic route.

Autism is a syndrome with many different body systems impacted including sensory, communication, gastrointestinal and intelligence. You can’t pick just one or two and then decide the person is autistic. It is the disability dujour, so to speak. People who diagnose themselves and each other, know just a few of the symptoms, even though there are many. To me it is simply an attempt to avoid taking responsibility for or to explain their behavior.

Diagnosing autism is a drawn out process that requires:
••A social developmental history,
••Rating scales, including the Gilliam Autism Rating Scale or others, including pragmatics.
•Speech and Language evaluation often the Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals, including
••Observation by a specialist in ASD,
••The Vineland or other adaptive behavior scales,
••An intelligence test, often a non-verbal intelligence test, like the C-TONI test of nonverbal intelligence, since many of these children are language impaired.
••A medical doctor, or psychiatrist, trained in the identification of Autism Spectrum Disorder, though not always. Your regular GP will not do.
••After this process, a team of people who are experts in the field, meet and review the information and make the identification. Most people are identified as toddlers, a few as older children and almost never as adults.

I am going to give you a rundown on symptoms of autism of which you may not be aware, because they are not discussed in the media. As follows:

•Tendency to engage in a very limited activities, tendency to be preoccupied with an unusual interest, such as repetitive patterns of numbers, letters, parts, etc. This is a hallmark of autism.
•Intolerant of the smallest change in their routines or in the placements of objects, another hallmark.
•Gastrointestinal problems such as chronic constipation or diarrhea to inflammatory bowel disease. This affects over 85% of autistics.
•70% of autistic people have a mild to severe intellectual disability.
•Some of those with autism are hypersensitive to sounds or touch, a condition also known as sensory defensiveness. They might find lights, sounds and clothing painful and intolerable.
•A tendency to eat non-food items, call pica.
•Unusual repetitive behaviors and/or Intolerant of the smallest change in their routines or in the placements of objects, another hallmark.
•Gastrointestinal problems such as chronic constipation or diarrhea to inflammatory bowel disease. This affects over 85% of autistics.
•70% of autistic people have a mild to severe intellectual disability.
•Some of those with autism are hypersensitive to sounds or touch, a condition also known as sensory defensiveness. They might find lights, sounds and clothing painful and intolerable. Common repetitive behaviors include hand-flapping, rocking, jumping and twirling, arranging and rearranging objects, and repeating sounds, words, or phrases.
• Intolerant of the smallest change in their routines or in the placements of objects, another hallmark.
•Gastrointestinal problems such as chronic constipation or diarrhea to inflammatory bowel disease. This affects over 85% of autistics.
•70% of autistic people have a mild to severe intellectual disability.
•Some of those with autism are hypersensitive to sounds or touch, a condition also known as sensory defensiveness. They might find lights, sounds and clothing painful and intolerable.
•Some people with autism tend to carry on monologues on a favorite subject, giving others little chance to comment. In other words, the ordinary “give and take” of conversation proves difficult. Some children with ASD with superior language skills tend to speak like little professors, failing to pick up on the “kid-speak” that’s common among their peers. These people are often called Asperger’s, but it isn’t a subtle difference, it is very obvious.

I am saying all of this to try to help people understand that there is a constellation of symptoms associated with autism, beyond being socially inept, hostile or rude. That is why it is called a syndrome. First, you cannot diagnose it and neither can the person who believe he or she is autistic, because if they were truly autistic, they probably wouldn’t think anything is wrong with them, anyway. Temple Grandin, who is among the most high functioning of autistics, took years to understand that she was different and why.

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