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  1. The official rates are something like 10 to 1. But there is new research that suggests the rates of females with AS is much higher at around 4 to 1 (will link when I find it again). Personally I think it is higher than that and possibly equal between the sexes. Females are much harder to identify as they naturally have better social skills and are less likely to exhibit challenging behaviour. Of the boys that come onto my casebook who have female siblings I have yet to meet one of those siblings who isn't exhibiting the female presentation of AS themselves. However girls tend not to be picked up as they aren't the ones causing problems in classrooms etc.
  2. Too late, already did. @ Kamak You possibly started to regress at around 2. When I think back about my son, I cannot put a date on exactly when he first showed signs of things not being quite right, but by the time he was 3 there was no denying it and it was time to have him looked at. But there were signs prior to the age of 3. In retrospect with what I know now, there were signs from birth. With my daughter, she'd been closely watched by developmental peads since birth as she was premature. She was picked up quite early and was diagnosed at 2. I knew from her being a very young baby that she was autistic. But by then I had much more experience in working with ASD kids. Back when my son was tiny I was a junior child psychologist and didn't have that much experience with autism. I had been involved on a case with a child with very severe, classical autism - with a more experienced colleague. This child, on the surface, was nothing like my son (however later on when I looked closer I could see the traits) so I didn't suspect anything. It was that same colleague, who when I told him my son had been diagnosed, turned around to me and said 'Huh, well it's not hard to see where he gets that from'. I then looked more into adults with AS and how they presented and it was like reading my life story. He managed to get me in to see a colleague of his, who had just started running an adults AS clinic a few years previously. I was lucky because this person is damn good and one of the best clinicians in diagnosing AS in adults. My diagnosis came about 8 months after my son's. /life story lol
  3. Quoting Kamak from gay marriage thread. Probably HFA. Many kids who are diagnosed with classic/kanners autism do seem to develop speech early on, but lose it around the age of 2. The early speech seems to be normal, though in retrospect often isn't when looked at closely by a good practitioner (if a good home video is available). Classic/kanners kids often do grow up to be HFA. They just move along spectrum from low functioning autism (LFA) to high functioning autism (HFA). If you regressed after the age of 2 then you would usually (over here anyway) get a dx of Childhood Disintegrative Disorder/Hellers Syndrome. Skills are lost after the age of 2 but before the age of 10. However that is very rare and the lost skills are mostly not regained. Edit: Your Aspie score: 167 of 200 Your neurotypical (non-autistic) score: 27 of 200 You are very likely an Aspie I guess my dx is correct
  4. What with having an autistic daughter who was (and still is a little) OBSESSED with Dora the Explorer, I would quite happily throttle the person who came up with that concept. There are only so many years of echolalia consisting of 'C'mon Vamanos, everybody lets go' and 'Where are we going? clap clap clap Dora's House' said in that sing song style before I become psychotic....
  5. Not at all Tiki, I can check it out if nothing else.
  6. Interesting. I might have to look into it further.
  7. I'm insanely envious that you are able to do that. I would love to be able to buy some land somewhere, build a home and use that land to attempt some self sufficiency. I do have a small garden and this year we've grown carrots and potatoes. We tend to try new things each year. I've also got three blueberry bushes and half a dozen strawberry plants. It's nowhere near enough to keep us going, but it all helps. I trade some of my fruit and veg for eggs with a friend who keeps chickens. A couple of years ago we put new heating in our home, it made a huge difference to our bills when it was combined with extra insulation we put in and last year we put double glazing in. We live in an old terraced house so our house was cold. Now it's lovely and toasty and our bills have dropped by a considerable amount. We're thinking of having solar panels installed. In the UK if you live in a south facing house as ours is, you can get a grant to have solar panels installed on your roof. I have to drive both as part of my job and as the parent of a mobility disabled child. It really isn't feasible to use public transport. However if it is just me on my own and I;m not going far, I will go on the bus. I use cloth sanitary pads, and with both my kids used cloth nappies. I made my own washing detergent which pumps out far fewer chemicals into the drain than store bought. I compost, sort my rubbish. I recycle/upcycle clothing - I do that for fun really, you can get some interesting, unique clothes if you do that.
  8. Well they don't in the UK. I wish they did because when I was a kid parents couldn't get away with not treating/checking their kids hair due to the nit nurse isolating their kid and sending them home with a big bottle of Derbac. I think the biggest problem is now, parents not checking their kids hair regularly if at all. Its the same with other infestations. My daughter had pica and she caught worms - probably from a toy at day care or at school when she was 4. I spoke to the staff at her then day care, they sent letters home to every parent informing them to worm their child as a precaution and then they washed every single toy in the day care center. They were fantastic. I also spoke to the staff at her nursery school where she was part time, and they did nothing. If my daughter picked them up from day care, she could have passed them on to nursery. If she picked them up from nursery then she could have been reinfected. I was disgusted that they did nothing, but apparently the policy is to expect parents to regularly worm their child. Well we all know that many parents wont bother. Edit: @ bambi: We use the Bug Busting method as we can't use lotions on our daughter due to her chronic lung disease and psoriasis. We wash and condition her hair every day, then while it is wet, section it off and comb through it with a head lice comb. That gets all the adult lice out - eventually. We carry on everyday for about 2 or 3 weeks (it takes a week for baby louse to hatch from the eggs) until no adult lice have been found for a full 7 days. That way you know you have caught all the newly hatch ones before they lay more eggs. It's time consuming, but as we can't use pesticides it's the only thing we can do.
  9. Primary schools in the UK don't have an onsite nurse!
  10. That's what I did today. When I went to pick my daughter up (she gets out 5 mins early to avoid the mad exodus of kids as she has a walking frame), I slipped a note in the bag of Lice Kid. Yep, they did away with the nit nurse a good while ago. For a while they sent out regular letters instead showing how to do the bug busting routine. But now they don't even do that. The only thing they do is now and again they mention in the school newsletter that nits are going round. But nits are ALWAYS going round now.
  11. Nah, that was something made up to make kids feel better about having them! In actual truth lice don't care. They do prefer kids who run slightly hotter, so if you are the type of kid that sweats a lot, you will be more prone to catching them. My daughter has temperature regulation problems so is a head lice nivarna. You are more likely to find lice in clean kids hair but that is simply because the parents of clean kids are more likely to check their kids hair or see them during hair washing. They don't keep kids off school here for head lice, which is why half the school is scratching their heads most of the time.
  12. I'm tempted to put a polite but anonymous note in the girl's school bag. It could be easily done; the school bags are hung up on the coat pegs outside the classroom and I could probably slip one in without anyone noticing.
  13. Schools don't do anything nowadays. Gone are the days of the Nit Nurse coming round and checking all the kid's hair. If you are lucky you might be able to get the school to mention the Bug Busting routine in the weekly newsletter, but nothing more. I can get rid of the d@mn things, just spend every night for the next couple of weeks going through her freshly washed and conditioned hair with the lice comb. I can't use the shampoos and lotions on her as she has chronic lung disease and psoriasis. But it's no biggy using the comb and conditioner method. It's just annoying that she has got them yet again.
  14. Admit it, you are all absent mindedly scratching your heads now. So today my daughter came home from school and was scratching. And scratching. And scratching. (I'm itching now thinking about it) Tonight, I dumped her in the bath, washed her hair then went through it with the nit comb. Yes she has them, yet again. She has only been back at school for 3 weeks after the summer holiday. This is the THIRD TIME this year that she has caught head lice. I know who the child is who is passing them around the group of friends. This kid is infested. But how do I bring up with her parents 'Hey, your kid keeps giving my kid nits, sort her bloody hair out will you' without it causing a scene? I know that even if I just go up to them and keep it factual they will take it the wrong way. Oh and talk about your experiences with head lice, if you want. (itch itch itch)
  15. Well on my desk at home I currently have an empty coffee cup, my glasses, my phone, my wrist rest, several books, some crochet patterns, several pens, my daughter's dragon money box, some buttons, my speakers, my monitor, some software and a huge pile of papers from work. It's a mess. At work I usually have several empty coffee cups, papers, papers and more papers, my monitor, printer, a blue tack penis (yes really), pens, paperclips, stapler, and phone. That too is a mess.
  16. LOL as much as you want, but it is a real condition and one that comes from miswiring in the brain.
  17. I'd say you talk to ethnic minorities in the same way you would talk to ethnic majorities.
  18. Or, buy basmati rice - quicker to cook and tastes nicer. Add 1 cup of rice, 2 cups of water and boil for 8 minutes. Rinse with boiling water. Eat. Easy pilau rice (PROPER pilau too - none that fake bright yellow stuff). 1 cup rice, 3 cups boiling water, dessert spoon of ghee or butter, half teaspoon of ginger, half teaspoon of cumin, good pinch of fennel seeds, 1 cinnamon stick broken in half, 4 cardonom pods, 4 cloves. Bang it in the oven for 45 minutes until all the liquid has been absorbed. Same way, if it's sour I add a little honey. @ soullesshuman Reduce it by simmering longer. Never made a black garlic sauce so no idea if it would be suitable, but could you use a roux? @ Tiki That's what I do. I ALWAYS cook way too much so the left overs get frozen for another day.
  19. I don't have fast food very often. As a family my daughter has too many allergies anyway. However now and again, probably once every few months, I have a Burger King. I love bacon double cheese burgers - however they don't love me and they make me suffer for a couple of days afterwards! Hence it doesn't happen very often. Now McDonalds, that's just nasty. Crispy Creme donuts have recently launched over here. I recently tried them, I bought the lemon meringue one and was decidedly unimpressed. For £1.50 I got a donut which was a little dry, filled with some very sharp lemon stuff which left an artificial aftertaste, and some white creamy stuff which defied description. I could feel my arteries furring up with each bite - half of it went into the bin. Nasty.
  20. Now that would be one hell of a way to commit murder..........
  21. Well you wouldn't wake up in a box 6ft under. When you die you are embalmed. Your blood and bodily fluids are drained and replaced with embalming fluid. So by the time you were placed in the box, you would be very, very dead.
  22. I love cooking. Proper food too, not packet stuff or bung it in the microwave stuff. I didn't used to be that bothered but with the many allergies that my daughter has, it became essential. I LOVE garlic, and use loads of it. No doubt I stink of it, but it tastes good
  23. Congrats to our new evil overlords!
  24. I love animals. All animals. Many of them are indeed very tasty.