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Question?: Angry Autistic Kids

James asks…

Have you ever wanted to attack your social worker/therapist?

Have you ever just for no reason get up from where you were sitting and attack him or her?

I just feel like doing that everytime I am at a session. I feel like the only way the day is going to end. Is that I attack him. I just feel like getting up and just attacking.

Like I would be in the room with him. And I just feel like going up there and attacking him so I can go to jail.

I have always wondered what it feels like to be in jail.

admin answers:

First of all, I’m autistic..or at least I was as a child. I know what it’s like to go through the social service conveyor belt employed by drones who could really care less about their jobs and the people they’re supposed to be helping.

One of the most empowering realisations you can have is that most people scared little children…angry and dead inside. The only difference is that they know how to hide it more efficiently.

If you’re a loner like me, I don’t think jail would be the best place for you. If you hate the imposed rigidity of society at large…take that and amplify it about 5 times in prison. No privacy..and any sign of weakness results in repeated rape and assault. If no one is going to help you in the system, don’t look at jail as three meals and board..because it was only that way 50 years ago. Today it is a haven for ethnic gangsters, the drug trade, and the lowest common denominator. If you go into a prison not being one of them, you’ll end up dead or one of them by the time you leave.

Whatever it is that has left you in the position your in right now, it probably has a lot to do with someone exploiting your vulnerabilities..either as a child where a guardian/parent has abused you, or bad relationships (or both). You’ve been molded into that shape and you are a magnet for yet more of the same reactions and treatment from others.

One way I’ve learned to deal with people is to divorce myself from society at large. Outside of work…which has taken years for me to adjust to…I simply avoid unnecessary interaction. Now that I’m a little older I’m learning the angles by which to deal with people…those same vulnerabilities that they go out of their way to hide. I’ve always “seen” those in other people, I’ve just never been able to make use of that knowledge because I never liked being exploited for my own.

But after years of sanctioning, I’ve realised that I will never be the “good guy”. However, I NEVER have that drive to do what the kids have done in school shootings. I used to, especially in High School, but I don’t anymore and haven’t for several years because I can see the same sadness, insecurity and isolation in others, and that completely diffuses the agressive side of the anger I’ve had.

Sometimes, others have backstabbed me because they knew i could see under their veil..and that made me a threat. That takes a lot of the wind out of the desire to think “good thoughts” and be positive. I realise that sometimes you have to fight back, but there are more intellectual ways of doing so…and considering the deficit of intellect in modern society..that is a whole territory to exploit that no one else around you will touch.

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Question?: Treatment For Autism Spectrum Disorder

Betty asks…

Can adults be diagnosed with Aspergers for the first time?

And, if so, are there treatments effective for adults who have never been diagnosed before?

admin answers:

Yes, adults can be diagnosed with Asperger’s, even if they have never had an autism spectrum disorder or any other diagnosis previously. And yes, there are treatments that are effective, however many adults being diagnosed for the first time have “self-selected” certain aspects of their lives in order to deal with their disability. For example, often adults with Asperger’s choose jobs where there is not a lot of social interaction required. Here’s a good website that has information about Asperger’s in adults:

http://www.aspennj.org/

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Question?: Autism Signs In Adults

Linda asks…

Do you think autistic adults can get jobs involving social skills?

I was thinking of completing an autism behavioural program so that I can teach kids with autism. Or do a blind/deaf intervention or sign language course as I would like to help others. But I have aspergers myself so I doubt I would get hired to do this, or anything social. What do you think?

admin answers:

You might get hired and do OK for awhile, but my guess is the stress of a job with social skills would be very high. Best to work toward success where your long term success is more likely.

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Question?: What Is Autism In Spanish

Helen asks…

What do the liberals here do for a living?

I was just wondering, since certain people like to claim that we don’t work for a living. I know that’s not true, but I want other people to see this. By the way, I work TWO jobs. I work at a natural foods store, plus I work as a Spanish tutor at a college.
Jessica: And what do YOU do for a living? How much do you earn?

admin answers:

I am a case manager working with children and adults with developmental disabilities( MR, Autism, Downs Syndrome). I have appts. During the day, but get on here in between appts.

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Autism in Adults – Three Employment Job Tips

One of the biggest worries when you have autism in adults is what their future is going to be like. Will they be able to work? Hold down a job? While this question is obviously very different for each person, there are some guidelines to help you answer this question.

The level of job will obviously depend on their skill and functioning level, but here are some ideas for autism in adults where the adult is at the lower end of the functioning level. They still have skills to use, but they have many challenges as well.

1. Use their skills and interests

Most adults with autism have skills that can be capitalized on in a job. Do they have a need for order, and like to line things up a lot? Teach them how to file, and see if they can get a part-time job in an office.

Perhaps food is an interest, but you’re not sure what jobs in a restaurant an adult with autism would be capable of. See if they can get a job delivering flyers for a local pizza place — something low stress and with little interaction with other people — or cleaning tables of their favorite eatery. Using interests is always a good way to encourage motivation when working with autism in adults.

2. Take advantage of Vocational Rehabilitation Services

The folks at these centers are usually great at pairing up people with disabilities with jobs. One of the most useful things they can often do is offer the use of a job coach when working with autism in adults.

A job coach will shadow your adult with autism on the job and give them instruction or reassurance when they need it. After the person gets more comfortable and used to the job, the job coach is often faded out — but not always. Sometimes, Vocational Rehabilitation can provide paid internships of a sort. The adult with autism gets experience being trained in some area, and the business contributes part of the pay while Vocational Rehabilitation contributes the rest.

The people at Vocational Rehabilitation have lots of connections with employers all over your area, some that you may not have even heard of. They know which employers are likely to work well with working with autism in adults, and which aren’t. They know who to talk to, and what to ask for. Say, for example, there is a job that you think would fit your adult child with autism really well, except for a few things they aren’t able to do. In a regular job situation, they would just show you the door, but Vocational Rehabilitation can often negotiate for a modified job position that more closely fits the abilities and needs in regard to autism in adults.

There is often a wait list to get services from Vocational Rehabilitation, but it is worth it. Google Vocational Rehabilitation for your local area or look for it in the social services section of your phone book.

3. Know what jobs are a good and bad fit

Take for example working the counter of a fast food restaurant. You have to take orders very rapidly, and be good at operating machinery, like the cash register, at a very fast pace. That would be overwhelming for a lot of adults with autism. Their processing speed is not that fast. Things get backed up in their mind, and it can cause meltdowns, even if the task is simple.

Instead, choose something that is slow-paced or can be done at the person’s own pace. This often works very well when working with autism in adults. Perhaps, something that can be done on the sidelines?

Like to be outdoors? Maybe working as a cart attendant, putting back grocery carts, would work. Others may get bored with the job, but an autistic person’s need for order may make this job appeal to them.

Perhaps putting stock on shelves? If the job is relaxed about the pace, may also appeal to the sense of order and everything in its place which is often a strength of adults with autism.

Think about what attributes are most prominent in autism in adults, then try to think of a job that uses those skills or attributes. But try to avoid anything, again, that is fast paced or requires too much interaction with people — a little is okay, a lot will probably be overwhelming.

If you follow these tips, you will be well on your way to finding jobs that work when working with autism in adults.

And for further tips and techniques to help an adult with autism gain employment and live a happy and fulfilled life, go to the web site http://www.aspergerssociety.org/. There you will be able to sign up for the free Autism Newsletter as well as get additional information to help your loved ones thrive on the autism spectrum.

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