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#1 User is offline   WardenWolf 

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Posted 03 April 2010 - 02:37 PM

April is Autism Awareness Month. Do you have or know someone with autism? Autism is a developmental issue that primarily affects the ability to socialize and interact. Autism can take many forms, from the milder Asperger's Syndrome to the most severe (and the better-known) Low Functioning Autism. You may have or even know someone with autism and not know it, as Asperger's primarily manifests as social awkwardness and lack of eye contact. It can be difficult for an inexperienced observer to distinguish from ADHD and, in fact, is often misdiagnosed as such.

I personally have Asperger's Syndrome, and it is a constant challenge to me, particularly in face-to-face social situations. It is difficult for me to make introductions, and keep a conversation going if there is no specific topic. My lack of eye contact is sometimes misinterpreted as lack of interest. It is sometimes hard for me to judge how my words and actions will be perceived by others. Social situations are often stressful to me, even when I enjoy them, and I can only do so much before I "burn out" and stop interacting much except with people who directly address me. High noise levels just make this happen faster. To many people, I appear antisocial and odd, even though I have a few close friends who have bothered to get to know the real me. To these friends, I am fiercely loyal and protective.

I hope this has been enlightening an interesting to some of you, and I am glad to do my part to increase autism awareness.

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Posted 03 April 2010 - 04:10 PM

What a brave new post from a brand-new member!

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Posted 03 April 2010 - 04:55 PM

Well said Sir. I applaud you for being able to stand up and be willing to share your story to help increase awareness. Autism Awareness is one I proudly support as many individuals are misunderstood or misjudged simply because they are different. I work in mental health and definitely believe this is something that should be made more aware.
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Posted 03 April 2010 - 05:15 PM

Welcome back Warden. Good post.
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Posted 03 April 2010 - 05:32 PM

i didnt realize we had a whole month o.0
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Posted 03 April 2010 - 07:04 PM

^5 Mike.


Now let's hit the range next month. :tup:
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Posted 03 April 2010 - 07:25 PM

My little bro is Autistic. Thanks for the post man.
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Posted 03 April 2010 - 08:23 PM

Good write-up for those less familiar with the science behind autism (and I admit, I'm one of them who's less informed).


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It is difficult for me to make introductions, and keep a conversation going if there is no specific topic. My lack of eye contact is sometimes misinterpreted as lack of interest.


Huh.

I actually can relate to this part. I absolutely suck at introductions or maintaining a conversation without some obvious topic/important point. "How are you?" "Uh... fine? You?" That's about where it ends most of the time.

As for introductions, well, it's pretty much required either a forced situation (such as a classmate back when I was in school or a coworker in the workplace), an obvious existing common interest (such as running into someone at the paintball field and starts asking questions, either personal or paintball specific, another example would be a forum such as this one or WarriorTalk for firearms stuff), or an introduction from a mutual friend (that was established earlier by one of the other means).

Though the eye contact is more to do with keeping a generic "lookout" on the situation unfolding around me. I just naturally scan the world, noticing random details while the subject at hand get somewhat ignored (I hear you and I comprehend, but I'm not really focused on you).

I always chalked it up as just how I'm wired. Spooky.

(And no, I don't think I'm diagnosable)

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Posted 03 April 2010 - 08:40 PM

Hah. Dude, similar deal here. I used to be able to tolerate stuff, now, unless there's a reason, my threshold for small talk has waned.

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It is sometimes hard for me to judge how my words and actions will be perceived by others. Social situations are often stressful to me, even when I enjoy them, and I can only do so much before I "burn out" and stop interacting much except with people who directly address me.


I've just reached the point where I say what I think. Some people think I'm nuts, some think I'm a rapist, some acknowledge I have a dark sense of humor. I've done away with caring about social conventions. If I need to, I'll put on the little show, do the sing and dance, and duck.

And I thought I was the only one to "burn out" and get sick of too much social crap. I can tolerate it in doses, after a while I just sit there and think "Don't you people have a FRAGing home to go back to?"

I am like Thalion though, always figured it is just the hardwiring.

And I do have an ADHD diagnosis. Interesting.

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Posted 03 April 2010 - 08:45 PM

I tend to notice patterns and details in things that others miss, like patterns in the carpeting or walls. I also tend to have very focused, almost obsessive interests. Paintball was my interest for a time, and my current major interest is firearms. The whole social burnout thing is weird. It's not like I get sick of it, it's like I just run out of energy.

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Posted 03 April 2010 - 08:51 PM

:tup:

I'm glad you're sharing ;)

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Posted 03 April 2010 - 08:59 PM

Interesting.

Warden, I used to really be into the martial arts. Competed in tournaments regionally and such.

My main interests have been paintball and firearms for the past ~6 years or so, slowly moving more to firearms and less in paintball (though admittedly, I love a well-done scenario game).

I don't really get 'burned out' like you or PW. But I can't keep a "fake" going for long, so like PW, I just tend to say what I think (or not say anything and avoid the situation). Some people find it odd, some are offended. Oh well, and all that.

An example of just observing my surroundings - I'm really good with numbers. I can see or hear a number and it sticks with me -- sometimes even to the point where I recall the number, but not why it's significant.

I'm also good for about a day at recalling a ton of details -- I can tell you about the entire day's events (complete with direct quotations, observed behaviors from other people passing through,and a range of "insignficant" detail). Like Warden said, the details everybody else misses.
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Posted 03 April 2010 - 10:28 PM

I've known a couple people of Autism. Oddly enough, I've actually found if you get to know them, they can be more interesting than the generic crowd. Knew this one kid I took paintballing once. Cool kid, wasn't too bad (even though asked if was going to die when he got his first welt). He had a thing with cieling fans that I never quite figured out. First time we took him into a paintball shop, he stared at their's for a while, then pleaded for them to turn it off, and then turn it back on within 30 seconds.

Glad to hear your story Warden, and to see ya around again. How've you been.?

(Random question, can't quite remember, but aren't people with Autism more likely to have Savant Syndrom as well?)

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Posted 04 April 2010 - 11:27 AM

View PostAce-014, on Apr 3 2010, 10:28 PM, said:

I've known a couple people of Autism. Oddly enough, I've actually found if you get to know them, they can be more interesting than the generic crowd. Knew this one kid I took paintballing once. Cool kid, wasn't too bad (even though asked if was going to die when he got his first welt). He had a thing with cieling fans that I never quite figured out. First time we took him into a paintball shop, he stared at their's for a while, then pleaded for them to turn it off, and then turn it back on within 30 seconds.

Glad to hear your story Warden, and to see ya around again. How've you been.?

(Random question, can't quite remember, but aren't people with Autism more likely to have Savant Syndrom as well?)


Well, the ceiling fan thing is odd. I personally don't have anything like that, and don't fully understand it, but some things can capture a person's interest so strongly that they can't stop looking at it even though they want to.

As for Savant Syndrome, only a very, very tiny percentage of autistics get it. It's exceedingly rare, and far more common in books and movies than it is in real life.

I've been okay. I seem to be getting better, finally.

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Posted 04 April 2010 - 01:33 PM

This is going from an interesting thread to a slightly creepy checklist . . .
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