Tag Archives: Executive Dysfunction

Question?: Autism Symptoms In Adults

Ruth asks…

Is it common for high functioning autistic adults to live with their parents?

I have high functioning autism / aspbergers / a Pervasive Developmental Disorder. I have lived on my own and my symptoms became worse. I moved in and out with my mom – logically it seemed advantageous to both of us.

I was wondering if it’s common for autistics to be more prone to living at home – I don’t really understand it, it’s a little like a magnet.

I have trouble explaining this to others also.

admin answers:

I think that, as the other poster suggested, it has to do with routine. With your mom, you have an external schedule that determines a lot of your daily activities. If you’re on your own, you’re responsible for everything yourself. And that’s exactly something that is difficult for many autistics – all those little everyday tasks. Even if you can handle them, that’ll still demand so much of your resources that you’ll get into trouble elsewhere.
I’d suggest you check out this website: http://thiswayoflife.org/index.html There is a lot of useful information (look for Executive Dysfunction); and I guess that you can implement some strategies for yourself to get along on your own.

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Question?: Pdd-nos Checklist

Donna asks…

Do I have Autism disorder?

I’ve been “body rocking” all my life. I have bad social skills, I’m a visual person, and I do really well in math and music. I’m still not exactly sure what it is, but I was just curious. It seems like the more I read about it, the more I understand and relate to it…

admin answers:

Body rocking is ‘stimming’ or ‘self stimulation’ and extremely common
Autism is a syndrome,
It is the neurodevelopment from a central nervous system impairment.
Autism is just one of five all grouped under “pervasive developmental disorders” While childhood disintegrative and Rett syndrome are slightly different. Both asperger syndrome and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) are with and without delayed speech/skills considered ‘mildly autistic’ and ‘atypical autism’. They mirror each other by 99.93% with all the symptoms of classic autism. Autism or kanners autism is a vast spectrum in itself with severity ranging far enough for subtypes from non-verbal to high functioning Diagnosis is first marked by delayed development of speech and motor skills/controls at infancy and early childhood.
So autism no, aspergers maybe. But…..
Autism and other syndromes, disorders share same symptoms, such as
Sensory processing disorder
http://www.sensory-processing-disorder.com/sensory-processing-disorder-checklist.html
Alexythymia
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2092499/
Executive dysfunction
http://www.learningabledkids.com/learning_disability_LD/executive_functioning.htm
Non-Verbal Learning Disability
http://www.nldline.com/childdream.htm#2
ADHD
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder/complete-index.shtml
Hypokalemic periodic paralysis
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001355/
Thats just some, schizoid, emotional dysfunction, etc
Do you have any of those?

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