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I Am Autistic

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    Lost My Parents And Worried In A Big Shop

    Last Sunday my Brother, Sister-in-law, Niece, parents, and me went to a big shop that sells nearly everything, I had a meal, then we all went to where the sweets were, I thought I had time to look at the chocolates, when I took my eyes of the dark chocolates that I wanted to buy...
    DOLPHINTRACEY DOLPHINTRACEY 46-50, F 3 Responses Jan 27, 2010

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    Being Me

    "If I could snap my fingers and be nonautistic, I would not because then I wouldn't be me. Autism is part of who I am." --Temple GrandinIndeed. It might not be easy being me, but I'd rather be me than someone else.
    DancingFox DancingFox 31-35, F 13 Responses Jan 4, 2013

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    How Narrow-minded Can People Be???

    I have just seen this:"Wouldn't it be lovely if Autism only lasted for one month?"Geez. Lovely indeed. If this read "Wouldn't it be lovely if being gay/black/whatever only lasted for a month" these people would be sued. Why is it OK to write something like that about autism...
    DancingFox DancingFox 31-35, F 5 Responses Apr 4, 2012

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    i used to have auditory processing disorder,

    i didnt know i had it, i started smoking weed at 19, it helped me alot now im 21 and i dont have the problem any more, i understand everything and i feel soo clever. anyone else who has it, you probably feel like you cant follow directions properly, which is hard for learning in...
    blueberryhaze blueberryhaze 18-21, M 1 Response Feb 18

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    DancingFox DancingFox 31-35, F 4 Responses Apr 4, 2012

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    Can't Win With A Smile Or Without

    About 10 or 20 years ago my parents tried very hard to try and stop me smiling when I was walking any where, because it was funny today when I was in town looking for my last christmas shopping, I was concentrating quite hard, then I bumped into a man that said"smile, it's...
    DOLPHINTRACEY DOLPHINTRACEY 46-50, F 5 Responses Dec 24, 2010

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    What place is there for me in the world?

    I must have mentioned little James before - an autistic boy in the school I used to work at. He could read before he could talk, and now that he does talk he often uses vocabulary far beyond his age. When he was 5, he slid down the slide and found his trousers got wet because of...
    DancingFox DancingFox 31-35, F Aug 22, 2012

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    I wish I was cured of autism

    Autism has affected me from the day I was born.It prevents me from making friends and communicating with people.Its hard to live with because people label us as insenstivitive,rude,retarded,stuck up and manipulative.If people understood what we go through people wouldn't be so...
    fitnessbabe fitnessbabe 26-30, F 2 Responses Sep 29, 2012

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    People judge me without knowing me.

    I was diagnosed officially with "severe" autism when I was five years old, though my Mum tells me that I didn't really start showing any real signs of being autistic until after I was diagnosed. It was pretty hard growing up, I had poor social, fine motor and coordination...
    Patronusmagic Patronusmagic 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 9, 2013

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    How To Support People With Autism

    Bullet points 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 8 apply to me to varying degrees. 1: When learning to do something new, I need to be explained slowly, step by step, and possibly instructions have to be written down so I can go back to them if I am stuck. This is especially important at work. 2...
    DancingFox DancingFox 31-35, F 7 Responses Nov 20, 2012

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    It Shouldn't Be A Label:

    If you saw me in person, I don't think that you'd be able to tell. But even if you did, it would still be a shock. I was diagnosed with Autism when I was around three and life was a bit of a challenge. I have trouble with social cues. Making friends has always been tough for me...
    SapphireTheatreHeart SapphireTheatreHeart 13-15, F Aug 2, 2013

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    Addy Miller

    I just found out that Addy Miller, who plays the little zombie girl Rick Grimes has to kill in the very first episode of The Walking Dead, has an autistic younger brother and is an autism awareness advocate. I think that's pretty awesome.
    DancingFox DancingFox 31-35, F Jan 15, 2013

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    LOCKED In Toilets Twice

    I WAS IN TOWN, NEEDED THE LADIES LOOS, SO I WENT IN, WHEN WAS IN THERE I HEARD SOMEBODY SAYING"IS THERE ANYBODY IN THERE" I THOUGHT IF I WAS QUICK I WOULD GET OUT BEFORE ANYBODY LOCKS ME IN, I CAME OUT OF THE CUBICAL FOUND I COULD NOT OPEN THE DOOR TO COME OUT, I KEPT...
    DOLPHINTRACEY DOLPHINTRACEY 46-50, F 7 Responses Aug 23, 2009

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    My Supervisor Is Making Me Worry, I Might Get The Sack One Day

    The last  week my Supervisor has been either grumbling or shouting at me every day,  The other day I done what I us ally do, coding cartons, it went wrong, but it was the end, and my supervisor grumbled , because I did not understand what I done wrong, the...
    DOLPHINTRACEY DOLPHINTRACEY 46-50, F 1 Response Apr 3, 2010

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    My Experience

    With autism has been very hurtful and to this day i am still left in denial and confusion when i think of it. If you where to meet me you would'nt think i was autistic but by the time i tell people i kind of notice that they judge and act differently around me. Sometimes i feel...
    MsIndependant MsIndependant 19-21, F 7 Responses Dec 11, 2007

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    I became magically a asperger's man on April

    2013 I never had close friends... Never was loved... Never had a party at a human friends home. Never cried in front of someone . Never told someone they are hurting me. Never told anyone I was bullied until April 2013 Never walked to a stranger and made a friend . Never...
    kittyanthony kittyanthony 22-25, M 2 Responses Mar 28

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    I was diagnosed with Autism

    when I was around twelve years old, and it has actually gotten worse. I don't do well with socializing, engage on odd behaviors and other things.
    LokiofSassgard LokiofSassgard 22-25, F 2 Responses Dec 18, 2013

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    People Just Don`t Get It

    i am not trying to be rude. i can`t look people in the eye,i hate loud places.i freeae up around people i never met.and i panic around a large groups of people.so ,i stay home a lot. i don`t have many freinds.i do have my dogs that keep me company.i hate strange places.i freak...
    ghostofmyself ghostofmyself 36-40 3 Responses Mar 31, 2009

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    Happy Saint Juniper'S Day! By Kirk Anderson

    I was talking to Jenny M today and telling her about Saint (or Brother) Juniper. He was a 13th century Franciscan friar who may have had autism. We thought he'd make a great patron saint of autism, and wondered if learning about him on his feast day (29th Jan) would be an...
    DancingFox DancingFox 31-35, F Jan 29, 2013

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    Myself

    I was diagnosed with autism in the 2nd grade and I'm now in 9th grade. I know myself extremely well and I'm very intelligent and mature for my age. Most of my friends are girls and I have a hard time relating to guys, along with forming friendships with guys my age. I get good...
    Guru97 Guru97 13-15 Sep 2, 2012

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    THINGS I Do, That I Don't Think Is Rude, But Others Do.

    I DON'T ALWAYS ANSWER PEOPLE STRAIGHT AWAY, I AM BETTER THAN I USE TO BE, IF YOU CANNOT THINK OF THE ANSWER STRAIGHT AWAY, YOU COULD SAY"I WILL HAVE A THINK ABOUT IT TELL YOU LATER" OR "SORRY BUT I DON'T KNOW" INSTEAD OF KEEPING THE PERSON WAITING...
    DOLPHINTRACEY DOLPHINTRACEY 46-50, F 15 Responses Aug 24, 2009

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    Me

    im 19 yrs old and i have autism.  im trying to raise awareness about my uniqueness and to tell people stop ignorance.  well after a few password changes and all that im finally back in biz.  i refuse to take medication for my autism because i know first hand that...
    herzighart herzighart 22-25, F 16 Responses Aug 25, 2007

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    I Have High Functioning Autism/asperger's Syndrome

    I was always very different as a child. I struggled with social skills, sensory overload, and did not engage in imaginative play. I was extremely precocious intellectually, and used pedantic speech. However, because nobody knew about the disorder, I was not diagnosed with HFA/AS...
    twistedpassions twistedpassions 22-25 2 Responses Sep 14, 2010

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    Can We Really 'Cure' Autism? - Hanna Rosin In The New Scientist

    Some claim that new research shows people can grow out of autism, but it is more likely that they simply cope better with the condition over time The New York Times has pointed to an intriguing study ostensibly showing that some small percentage of people with autism can...
    DancingFox DancingFox 31-35, F 1 Response Jan 28, 2013

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    Flappy

    When I'm happy, the feelings are bubbling up inside my bones and veins and I need to let it out. I need to dance, clap, jump on the spot, run, or flap my hands. I am able to contain such outbursts of emotion in public... most of the time. Because I know people look at you funny...
    DancingFox DancingFox 31-35, F 6 Responses Nov 28, 2012

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    4 of My Funny Things I Used to Say.

    When my mother used to meet me from school she would ask"what have you been doing today?" I replied"Jobs of ironing" and i think i only said it because there was a wendy house in the class room with a toy iron and ironing board. At the age of 9 or 10 i...
    DOLPHINTRACEY DOLPHINTRACEY 46-50, F 3 Responses Sep 29, 2009

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    I Think I Am

    I wrote a story under "I Have Asperger's Syndrome" a few months ago, since then I have researched more on ASD and I'm 99.99% positive I am somewhere on the spectrum. This might be a little long. To start off, I'm sixteen next month, not 18/21 like my profile says. I don't know...
    Sprittany Sprittany 18-21, F Mar 3, 2013

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    Atypical One....

    ...weird it is because I (and my family) didn't get it confirmed before I reached adulthood - I'm proud of it because it occurs more in boys rather than girls. I have very narrow interests... mostly when I was a kid and teenager and that was being movie neeeeerd. I am in my 20...
    Nobody Nobody 21-25, F 5 Responses Feb 6, 2008

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    But I Do Not See It As A Disability

     yes,i have a hard time communicating.i never can look someone in the eyes.but,i am easy to get along with.and once your my freind you will be forever.all i want is for pepole to understand and take the time to know me.
    babybobby babybobby 26-30, M 3 Responses Nov 10, 2009

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    I'm Proud

    I was diagnosed when I was 6. I've gone through struggles, but it helped me to become the proud man I am today.
    MusicMan3889 MusicMan3889 22-25, M Jul 27, 2013

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    Study: Autistic Children Have More Brain Cells

    There’s growing evidence that the brains of autistic children are very different from the brains of other youngsters. Now a new study that found an excess of brain cells in children with autism comes closer to pinpointing the origins of the condition: in utero versus in...
    DancingFox DancingFox 31-35, F 2 Responses Dec 28, 2011

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    I Have Hfa

    I have High Functioning Autism.  I grew up thinking that there was something terribly wrong with me, as a child.  I remembered getting yelled at, for accidentally soiling myself, a few times, after I was potty trained, between the ages four and six.  I remembered...
    Sid1977 Sid1977 31-35, F 5 Responses Jan 27, 2008

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    I'm not sure if I am,

    but my Doctor thinks I have asburgers (idk how to spell it)
    EmoGirl286 EmoGirl286 13-15, F 3 Responses Mar 19

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    Stop Trying To Be Normal, Lol

    I found the way to dealing with my Asperger's Syndrome so late in life is to stop trying to mask it. It's part of who I am and by presenting a "normal" face, I'm not being true to myself. Granted I have many issues and challenges, but I've come a LONG way by myself and without...
    RComplex RComplex 26-30, M 1 Response Dec 1, 2013

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    The 2 Good Things My Dad Done For Me

    Last week I forgot to take my lunch to work, my Dad want out of his way to take it to the reception where I work, then this friday he went all the way to the shop where I bought my computer, and thought of something that might help , he told me there is lots of dust around my...
    DOLPHINTRACEY DOLPHINTRACEY 46-50, F 4 Responses Feb 13, 2010

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    I suck at social stuff,

    get completely shut down from sensory input, and need help to live my daily life. On the other hand, I get fascinated with random subjects, and it's like falling in love. I think it all evens out in the end. After all, autism is my normal.
    chaoticidealism chaoticidealism 26-30 Feb 19

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    I Think E.p Is Great.

    I am having lots of fun on experience project, I like writing my stories, giving and receiving comments, asking and answering questions. I think it is just as exciting has opening a wrapped up present.
    DOLPHINTRACEY DOLPHINTRACEY 46-50, F 2 Responses Oct 6, 2009

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    I Believe I Have Autism

    I AM 45 YEARS OLD, WHEN I WAS A LOT YOUNGER I HAD LOTS FEARS, AND COULD NOT COMMUNICATE, I COULD NOT KEEP UP WITH THE OTHER CHILDREN AT MEINSTREAM SCHOOL, AS I DID NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT WAS GOING ON, AND WORRIED, I HAVE ALWAYS HAD ANXIETY AND EVEN NOW AT TIMES. WHEN...
    DOLPHINTRACEY DOLPHINTRACEY 46-50, F 5 Responses Aug 18, 2009

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    I Think I Know I'M Autistic.

    Pretty much everything here (and elsewhere) discribes me perfectly. I'm quite sure I'm autistic. But the thing is, I don't think my family believes me. I haven't been diagnosed, and I don't really want to go see my mental health professional because I asked about quite a few...
    Dweebgamer Dweebgamer 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 1, 2013

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    Aspergers.

      i have aspergers, not to bad, but it still affects me i hate it when people always think I'm going to be like people who have classic autism and treat me differently. I've gotten so much better over the years, i can read emotions quite well now, my conversations are...
    dallasalmighty dallasalmighty 18-21, F 2 Responses May 31, 2013

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    Autism

    im autistic and i used rdi relationsip develment intervention for a cure
    tiffany33 tiffany33 16-17 Nov 13, 2012

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    With The Love Of Everyone Around Me

    I was alone, but I didn't know that I was alone.  The other kids in the Preschool I went to after I left the Autistic one in Montana frolicked and played and communicated.  They played house.  I remember wandering around and not really seeing anyone around me.  It was like...
    Daki22 Daki22 18-21 3 Responses Sep 24, 2011

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    Challenging Stereotypes: What I Am Not

    As you may know, April is Autism Awareness Month. A lot has been done to inform and educate people about autism, but a lot of stereotypes still need to be challenged. As a person with an autistic spectrum condition – I have Asperger’s syndrome – I thought I’d share with...
    DancingFox DancingFox 31-35, F 6 Responses Apr 1, 2013

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    Autism

    i hate when people go off the deep in.i was with my mom at the store and she was talking to this couple.it was noisy,and i zoned out.i could not tell what they were talking about.even if i tried.all i heard was noise.then,all at once the man looked at me and said i think it is...
    ghostofmyself ghostofmyself 36-40 1 Response Mar 22, 2013

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    I Think Autism Is Just Stereotyping

    Hello, I'm autistic as well, been heavily autistic when I was a child, though it is pretty minor now. It bothers me when there are ads about autism with quotes saying: "I am autistic, I have trouble talking to people." Sure, there are autistics with that problem, but there are...
    Junkard Junkard 22-25, M 4 Responses Nov 13, 2012

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    I Am Not A Child, I Am An Autistic Adult

    THE THING THAT MAKES ME FEEL EITHER AGITATED OF UPSET, IS WHEN PEOPLE DO THINGS LIKE HOLD MY HAND WHEN I AM ABOUT TO CROSS THE ROAD, I THINK IT IS LIKE AN ADULT HELPING A LITTLE CHILD ACROSS THAT DOES NOT KNOW WHAT HE OR SHE IS DOING, I THINK I AM PERFECTLY CAPEABLE AT...
    DOLPHINTRACEY DOLPHINTRACEY 46-50, F 4 Responses Aug 25, 2009

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    I do have autism. I used to call it social

    anxiety, but that's just wrong. It's not that I'm shy or afraid. It's that I can't and don't know how to communicate really. I used to do that because people would typically think I'm retarded or some stupid thing because of it and would give me the same kind of pity tone they...
    ThatOtherGuy16 ThatOtherGuy16 16-17, M 6 Responses Feb 1

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    Autism And I

    I personally don't get why autism and aspergers and the like is thought of like it's some kind of horrible disease and how people who may or may not have it are viewed as freaks or unfit for society. It just irks me. I have aspergers but yet despite poor social skills I happen to...
    Monstermaster13 Monstermaster13 22-25, M 1 Response Nov 17, 2012

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    Carly's Story of Autism

    Someone brought this video to my attention about a girl called Carly who has autism and communicates by typing out how she feels. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qm0OGJwoYmg In the video, Carly describes how she's overwhelmed by sights and sounds. She even feels heat inside her as...
    vector8 vector8 46-50, F Apr 17, 2013

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    DancingFox DancingFox 31-35, F Oct 20, 2012

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    Nobody Understands How I Think

    I think of how everything works and when I don't get a definite answer I get very frustrated. I have weird habits. I hate when people think autism is a mentally disabling "disease".
    Secretsfreeme Secretsfreeme 13-15, F 4 Responses Oct 21, 2013

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    Related Experiences

    My husband is amazing! He had to work to get me to go out on that first date but that's all it took! We met at work, where I currently work although he no longer works here. He...
    highhopes4baby highhopes4baby 26-30, F 7 hrs ago

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    i have autism i gay male autistic look for romantic love with another autistic male but they hard find and most that is want looks age ect and i wont date non autistics they...
    ForEverAutistic ForEverAutistic 51-55, M Mar 30

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    Ok so my story of mercury poisoning has been my entire lifes experience, and is still affecting me to this day. I just really wanted to connect with others who share this story so...
    awakekiwi awakekiwi 41-45, M 1 Response Apr 2

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    I remember people from my family, when I was little, they hugged each other. I probably was hugged as a baby, but I don't remember it. I have pretty good and clear memories since I...
    WickedScullyOfTheWest WickedScullyOfTheWest 31-35, F Apr 6

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    There are certain people out there who claim autistic people are all man-children who live on their parents welfare, act like Chris Chan and are in their eyes - an autistic waste...
    Monstermaster13 Monstermaster13 22-25, M Apr 8

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