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Quoting Kamak from gay marriage thread.

I started speaking on time, but my linguistic skills regressed almost back to square one. So which of the two would I likely be classified as?

 

I was originally just diagnosed with Autism back when it was a blanket disease (and arguably still is) and then HFA... I still need to get tested again to see whether I have Asperger's or not... mom doesn't seem to be in any big hurry to schedule an appointment though...

 

*Thinks we need an Autism/Asperger's topic since it keeps coming up in here*

 

And while it's not too on-topic (really the only on-topic part is DADT), I found this segment of yesterday's Colbert Report to be quite amusing (especially with the "unfortunate" implications of what Steven did when he married his hand):

 

http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-r...stine-o-donnell

 

-K-

 

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 biggrin.gif

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It looks like a fishie with a giant tail! 8D

 

Your Aspie score: 116 of 200

Your neurotypical (non-autistic) score: 72 of 200

You are very likely an Aspie

 

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x3 Fish! Lol.

 

Your Aspie score: 85 of 200

Your neurotypical (non-autistic) score: 107 of 200

You seem to have both Aspie and neurotypical traits

 

Not very high numbers for either of them.

 

I didn't like the ability to not choose more than one ancestry place, either, Rhea. >_>

I also would have felt better about my answers if there was more than don't know, never, a little, and always, but that's just me. Pretty sure I'm really neither of those things anyway. :3

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I've been diagnosed with Asperger's. When I was 8.

I took that quiz and got 114/200. But I've worked a LOT on social stuff and other things, a ton of those things would have fit me 5 years ago.

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Your Aspie score: 109 of 200

Your neurotypical (non-autistic) score: 96 of 200

You seem to have both Aspie and neurotypical traits

 

Already knew I was on the spectrum, (Moms a nurse in the medical field, so I got diagnosed early.), so the results don't really surprise me. happy.gif Thankfully, I'm mostly normal acting, so most people would never guess unless I told them.

 

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My brother has autism spectrum. He had problems speaking early on and he still can't read at nine years of age. He still speaks with.... not a stutter; he never had that, but he does speak incorrectly. He also has a problem about determining what is appropriate and inappropriate manners in public.

 

I've never been diagnosed with anything. I tend to have problems with socialization but I'm just one of many~

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It looks like a fishie with a giant tail! 8D

 

Your Aspie score: 116 of 200

Your neurotypical (non-autistic) score: 72 of 200

You are very likely an Aspie

XDDDD

 

 

I'm pretty sure I have Asperger's.

 

 

Mostly because I was psychologically tested about a year and a half ago. Two 3 hour sessions, 6 hours total, it sucked.

 

Question 77 ("Do you tend to become obsessed with a potential partner and cannot let go of him/her?") Applies to me so much. I went through so much unecessary pain because of that. T^T

 

Same with 90 ("Do you have an alternative view of what is attractive in the opposite sex?") I like guys romantically and because some are really good looking. I just don't like their gentitalia.

 

"Your Aspie score: 133 of 200

Your neurotypical (non-autistic) score: 94 of 200

You are very likely an Aspie"

 

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Your Aspie score: 150 of 200

Your neurotypical (non-autistic) score: 46 of 200

You are very likely an Aspie

 

http://www.rdos.net/eng/poly12c.php?p1=65&...7&p11=57&p12=85

 

lol, honestly not sure if I should take this seriously or with a grain of salt.

 

Although I really am surprised at the accuracy of some of the questions... Not that other people here haven't been. tongue.gif

 

Is it bad that I'll be in denial if I somehow ended up being an Aspie, because I don't want to join the hoards and hoards of people online who claim to have such...when all they did to decide that is take an online quiz? dry.gif

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No point in trying to be re-diagnosed. HFA and Aspergers, by the time you are an adult, are the same thing. The regression of linguistic skills suggests HFA to me, although it would help if Sola would have some input on it as she works in the medical profession.

My issue with wanting to get re-diagnosed is that there's a nasty rumor going around that employers are unwilling to hire people with autism because of the stigma against us (living in Texas doesn't really help this). However, trying to prove that an employer is indeed discriminating against you because of a mental disorder is fairly hard to do...

 

So part of me wants to know to hopefully get out from under the word Autism if I really have Aspergers instead. This way if/when I get employed, I don't have to worry about the discrimination at all... otherwise I wouldn't particularly care about finding out since, as you said, it's practically the same thing at this point.

 

EDIT: Took the Quiz:

 

Your Aspie score: 162 of 200

Your neurotypical (non-autistic) score: 45 of 200

You are very likely an Aspie

 

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.

 

My mom says it regressed around 2, but my paperwork indicates that she took me in when I was 3 and said that it had occurred about a month beforehand... (I had speech therapy when I was 3)

 

*confused*

 

Mom was never good with remembering details...

 

-K-

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Glad you appreciate my humor scratcher_cat xd.png

 

Really, I probably have something and I'm pretty sure it inhibits me in some manner but I'm still able to function normally to some degree. As long as a person can function normally I don't see a reason to be too concerned about it. I don't plan to pursue it, at least not now. I may when I get older, but merely for curiosities sake. Farther than that, if I did have anything, I don't want to change or get treated. It's part of who I am. I'm comfortable with my personality and how I approach things, even if it is slightly out of the norm or caused by a disorder.

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I was officially diagnosed early this summer as having Asperger's, though I suspected it several months prior after hearing about and studying it a bit. I forget what it was called, but I took a test that says I have a moderate--severe case, which makes sense, as I can be almost normal online, but my ability to do anything in a real life social situation is...stunningly, painfully lacking.

 

There was also an online exam for it I took when I was first learning about it, though I don't recall where it was. It was a British test, though. My score on that was pretty intense and was what sparked me to seek out a professional diagnosis.

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I can direct people to a online test designed by a specialist researcher in the field if y'all are interested. It covers the full range of things that are likely to indicate a diagnosis, not just the social things. Funnily enough I show almost off-the-scale Aspergers on it, my other half shows NT (although he has a *major* spike in the direction of aspie socialising because he's socialy phobic).

 

http://www.rdos.net/eng/Aspie-quiz.php <- aspie quiz. Not a diagnosis, but I find it to be a good voer view.

Interesting quiz. I took it for giggles - got a 21 out of 200 on the Aspie score. Already knew I was neurotypical, just curious how much so.

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The same could be said for the idiocy prevalent throughout the vast majority of the human race.

 

In my case, at least, I probably won't ever go through biological reproduction just for the fact that I plan on getting a sex change, which will render me sterile, and I don't really know anyone I'd bother getting into a relationship with at this time.

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Oh, the Aspie quiz. My friend linked me to that a while ago, and I took it and got the "you show qualities of both" result.

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Since autism is heritable you should all consider not reproducing.

One of the reasons I'm dead-set against ever having children, yes.

 

Mando - I was in the same boat when I someohow ended up with my current partner. We'd been firends for ages, and he knew *everything*, and it seems he decided he wanted me. I never saw it coming, but I'm pretty happy now smile.gif

 

With the quiz, guys it could well be picking up on other stuff. If you've got ADHD, ADD, OCD, Bi-polar etc it will often sort of you out with more of an aspie score than a non-aspie score. That'd be why I said it wasn't a diagnostic tool.

 

That said, I know that my score (180 out of 200 aspie) is pretty conclusive in that area. It's one of the things that made me seek a diagnosis.

 

Whoever it was that mentioned a British test - I imagine it was Simon Baron-Cohen's AQ test. It's actualy used in the diagnostic process here in the UK, and it's his research unit at Cambridge that I'm visiting.

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I'm not too interested in internet testing, but I have OCD besides, so it would probably pick up on that. I have fairly textbook OCD though.

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Since autism is heritable you should all consider not reproducing.

Too late, already did.

 

@ Kamak

My mom says it regressed around 2, but my paperwork indicates that she took me in when I was 3 and said that it had occurred about a month beforehand... (I had speech therapy when I was 3)

 

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

 

 

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Too late, already did.

Consider Spartan parenting.

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Since autism is heritable you should all consider not reproducing.

don't worry, I'm not planning to ever reproduce.

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Since autism is heritable you should all consider not reproducing.

...wat. Seriously, what's your problem? People with worse things than Asperger's reproduce. o.O

 

Anyway, two things that REALLY irk me:

 

Parents of children with Asperger's who baby them and give in all the time because they don't know how to push "NO." or what have you, and also people who have Asperger's and won't actually work on their social skills, and

 

People online who say they're autistic when they've never been diagnosed professionally.

 

Srsly wat.

 

And I also hate being called an Aspie. I really do. I don't let it define me - it explains why I do some things, so I take those things and make the most of it instead of letting it control me. Example: I'm obsessed with dogs. I love them, I "store knowledge" on them. I'm going to be a vet tech and show my dogs in agility, and I can tell whether a dog is safe to approach by its body language 9 times out of 10.

 

Random fact: Asperger's is more prevalent in males. I'm female-bodied, so people always seem really surprised if they know that fact and I tell them >>

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The same things bug me a lot, too, Kayota, though on the social front I realize that I'm a little jumpy when it comes to putting myself in situations where it might help. I guess I just take baby steps with it because I'm very easily overwhelmed by things like crowds or multiple conversations going on around me. I have to warn people that I might not be able to handle everything at once and might need one or two people I know to coax me out of the corner as the night goes on. It's a very slow process, but eventually I do get out there and usually meet at least one new person, when I do get out. Believe it or not, talking to people on DC here with more in-depth posts has helped me out some in that area. I'm much better at forming my thoughts into words thanks to being online with you all so much. Now instead of getting lost in conversations with almost half of what I needed to say, I might pause for a bit but still be able to gather those stray images and put them to words before people get bored and leave.

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...wat. Seriously, what's your problem? People with worse things than Asperger's reproduce. o.O

It's just Kai, mate.

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...wat. Seriously, what's your problem? People with worse things than Asperger's reproduce. o.O

While Kai is as blunt as Kai is, I do think it is a point worth giving thought to when planning a family.

Being cyclothymic and most likely with ADD and observing similar behavioural patterns in my father is another reason why I don't want to have children. Because they would be endogenously unhappy.

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People online who say they're autistic when they've never been diagnosed professionally.

To a certain extent I disagree with you on that one. I'd done a bucket-load of research, and had self diagnosed before I ever went to see a doctor. The fact that I *now* have a diagnosis is besides the point - if you'd met me online four years ago you'd have told me I couldn't be Aspergers because I didn't have an official diagnosis. *shrugs*. Obviously I do, as it has now been diagnosed, but the diagnostic process takes a *long* time in adults and I knew I had Aspergers a long time before the doctors made it official.

 

Yes, there are people online that do it for attention. There are also people online who are truly on the spectrum, but without a diagnosis. Especially in those over the age of 25 or so, who were pretty much out of the system before Aspergers even existed as a diagnosis. With some adults they don't *want* an official diagnosis because that bit of paper would have a negative impact on their lives. For people in that situation it helps to have the Aspergers framework to understand their problems with, but have nothing 'official' so they can't be persecuted at work because of it.

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