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Tuesday, May 11, 2004
  Supertoys when winter comes.

Few events appeal to the romantic in me more than the holiday season. With little effort I can set my imagination free to fancy sumptuous dinners shared with old and new friends, guilt-free shopping excursions, and quiet moments reflecting on the reason for the season. Of course I'm only dreaming.

...I look at my young Aspie friends and my palms sweat at the thought of what they will face over the coming weeks, unless of course, I come up with a way for us to enjoy and celebrate the season. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!

Mitigate Sensory Overload:

* Asking restaurant personnel to seat their family in a remote corner.
* Keeping a sensory overload emergency kit with them at all times (possible contents - sunglasses, ear plugs, squeeze ball, aromatherapy lotion and anything that might help avert sensory overload).

Other Holiday Hints:

* Keep your child's needs in mind - they may need to be protected from the busiest part of the holidays.
* Be creative! Use every means at your disposal, every scheme you have ever found successful, and every trick you can invent to help both your family and your child celebrate the season.

The above are choice excerpts that apperar on this page
  Celebrating Differences!

What's that I said? An Aspie with less than outstanding computer skills? Sure. Only rumor supports the notion that all Aspies are computer geniuses. Many of us tend more toward the arts than the sciences. So, next time you're looking to identify a famous Aspie, look to the silver screen, the fiction bestsellers, the radio and the art galleries!

The above from here
  Fitter, happier, more productive...

The stress-free autistic child:

a.. Is a happy and well-behaved child.
b.. Obeys all the rules to the letter.

d.. Is hypercritical of his own behaviour. Automatically will assume that anything that goes wrong is his fault.

k.. If he doesn�t have an interest to occupy his mind, this mental energy can be converted quickly into mischievous acts. A mischievous twinkle in his eye will signal that he is either about to something or has just done it.

n.. Is very caring and protective of all life forms.
o.. Has only a literal interpretation of language.

q.. Has only one way of talking to others and speaks to and treats everyone the same. This is often interpreted as being rude or cheeky.

ad.. Shows no fear or panic in dangerous or traumatic situations where these would be expected.

From here with original source traceable therefrom. 
  To do.

Rules for Conversation:

1. Look at the eyes of the speaker.
2. Take turns talking; no monologues.
3. Think before you answer. don't just say, "I don't know." Say, "I don't understand."
4. Speak when spoken to.
5. Ask questions about the other person. Find out his interests.
6. Give feedback to the other person by looking at him, saying "Uh-huh."
7. Do not change the subject.

More on un-hyper-ing lexia here
Monday, May 10, 2004
  Yup.

Yup. A chemical lobotomy. I was put on a psychiatric medication in late
1996 that made me very sick. After I was taken off of it -- weeks too late
-- my mind has been fuzzy and my memory is pretty awful; I've also had a few
seizures and delusional episodes.

Well I better run; Jesus wants me to help the Green Party win some seats in
Congress.

Daniel A. Wier カヲャ
Lufkin, Texas USA

More of interest at this page.


 
  Truly disappointed.

Is anyone listening?... We, the families with our blistered hearts and souls and damaged psyche, are the end-product of undiagnosed and untreated Asperger's Syndrome. How many families are suffering out there? The feelings of rejection and loneliness plays a major role in the lives of the Aspergers' family. You and your feelings are not recognized by the afflicted person.

--Anonymous from here
  The not-chosen people.

Collection of sentences here.

I think the Asperger church would unwittingly want to keep apart and thus be blind to any cues of God’s active will. Paul challenges us to reject the Asperger's model of church. We're to be a church whose very breath is the Holy Spirit. We're to be God's church, conjoined with Christ Jesus: of one faith, one Lord and one Spirit - an extra-ordinary example of hospitality: unity in diversity and diversity in unity.

--A sermon preached by the Rev. Dr. Robert K. Greer 
  Washing machines or square numbers.

Find the below here.

"Some of us will talk too long about washing machines or square numbers, but you don't have to hate us for it."

--"Camille Clark, an art history graduate student at the University of California at Davis who has Asperger's syndrome." 
  We would never/We would not.

From Edan, posted here.

If they gathered us all in one place, all 20 million of us, our number would be similar to that of the entire population of Australia. We could have been a continent of our own!

Now suppose you then take 66 thousand people who do not "have" Asperger's and disperse them evenly among this theoretical continent, shake well, and observe: what would the symptomology be for those 66 thousand "others"?

Their two main defining symptoms would be:

1. Lack of a strong focus or drive in their lives. Their interests tend to get dispersed, and are often counter-productive.

2. Desperate need for social coherence and grouping, and an inability to define themselves without this. Inability to spend time alone (The systems that our culture would have created would cater for our social needs in a way that is balanced with our advancement, and caters to our individualistic needs, but these would be insufficient for these "special needs" people).

As a group, they would also be more prone to fight and start wars. Wars rely on a certain social affinity that we do not have. We would never group up in this way. Our deeds would never be of this sort of communal warmenship. We would not feel the same sense of belonging, at least not in a way that is beyond a theoretical concept.


 
  We would never/We would not.

From Edan, posted here.

If they gathered us all in one place, all 20 million of us, our number would be similar to that of the entire population of Australia. We could have been a continent of our own!

Now suppose you then take 66 thousand people who do not "have" Asperger's and disperse them evenly among this theoretical continent, shake well, and observe: what would the symptomology be for those 66 thousand "others"?

Their two main defining symptoms would be:

1. Lack of a strong focus or drive in their lives. Their interests tend to get dispersed, and are often counter-productive.

2. Desperate need for social coherence and grouping, and an inability to define themselves without this. Inability to spend time alone (The systems that our culture would have created would cater for our social needs in a way that is balanced with our advancement, and caters to our individualistic needs, but these would be insufficient for these "special needs" people).

As a group, they would also be more prone to fight and start wars. Wars rely on a certain social affinity that we do not have. We would never group up in this way. Our deeds would never be of this sort of communal warmenship. We would not feel the same sense of belonging, at least not in a way that is beyond a theoretical concept.


 
  We would never/We would not.

From Edan, posted here.

If they gathered us all in one place, all 20 million of us, our number would be similar to that of the entire population of Australia. We could have been a continent of our own!

Now suppose you then take 66 thousand people who do not "have" Asperger's and disperse them evenly among this theoretical continent, shake well, and observe: what would the symptomology be for those 66 thousand "others"?

Their two main defining symptoms would be:

1. Lack of a strong focus or drive in their lives. Their interests tend to get dispersed, and are often counter-productive.

2. Desperate need for social coherence and grouping, and an inability to define themselves without this. Inability to spend time alone (The systems that our culture would have created would cater for our social needs in a way that is balanced with our advancement, and caters to our individualistic needs, but these would be insufficient for these "special needs" people).

As a group, they would also be more prone to fight and start wars. Wars rely on a certain social affinity that we do not have. We would never group up in this way. Our deeds would never be of this sort of communal warmenship. We would not feel the same sense of belonging, at least not in a way that is beyond a theoretical concept.


 
Friday, May 07, 2004
  Black eye.

From BannaOj, appearing on this page.

But the reaction described to inital sex with Asperger's i.e. extreme sensitivity to touch was something I wasn't aware of. Once again it describes my experience completely. At a certian touch a violent "fight or flight" reaction suddenly kicked in even though my participation was totally voluntary at an intellectual level. I am surprised that I didn't give my partner a black eye.

Fortunately my partner was very understanding and we patiently and gradually worked through it together, though it took months and is still an ongoing process.

 
  Forgive me Dave.

The following from here.

A Letter of Apology to CF.com & Dave Kerwin on this subject...

Dear ChristianForums.com & Dave Kerwin,

I can understand your negative feelings towards me on the subject of masterbation. The truth of the matter is, I was confused. You see, I was going through a test, similiar to the test Job went through. My hands, as you know, have been hurting, and I was looking for a way out. Looking for an excuse. So I found masterbation. Sure it felt good, etc. However, deep inside, I was immoral. If you don't know, I have Asperger's Autism Spectrum Disorder (http://www.Asperger.org). Part of the syndrome is that I get confused. A LOT.

If there's one thing I ask is for Dave Kerwin & CF.com to forgive me. I feel I let all of you down. Please accept my humble, sincere, and truthful apologies. I've repented now, and am in the process of healing. Please pray that I will not masterbate anymore and that Satan will loosen his grip on my life. Dave Kerwin, you were right. Masterbation is a sin, and we must turn from it. I've learned the hard way that one cannot serve Christ & then go and masterbate. Masterbation is lust. See Timothy 2:22 for more information.

In Christ,
Jesse B.


 
  Oh my.

Brought to you by Marijka from this page.

Today Claire Ann and I had a wonderful lunch with Jennifer and Lynette.

At some point the conversation turned to Jar of Pencils and personality tests. Both Jennifer and Lynette had sent us links to personality tests over the past month. So we agreed to try them out and share the results here.

The sum total of the tests showed that I have Asperger's Syndrome. Oh my!

Leave a comment and let us know about your strange mental illnesses...wait, on second thought, never mind.... 
  Facts.

The following information/disinformation courtesy/discourtesy of this blog.

8 reasons 90% of men with Asperger's syndrome never date!

1: At age 30, they are still at the maturity level of a 16-year old.

2: They are seen as retards in their hometown.

3: They were early frozen out of places where other boys/men meet women, such as school and sports and they can't stand bars and public places because they will easily be bullied there.

4: Women rarely date men who barely graduated junior high. People with Asperger's Syndrome are, contrary to what experts and most people with AS themselves say, functionally retarded. The "High IQ thing" is a lie. Most people with AS never go to college, and if they do, it will usually be for useless degrees such as languages, history and philosophy. Most people with AS are dyscalculic because they have problems thinking abstractly (they think in pictures, not in formulas) and their immaturity in their teens and the bullying they are victims make them quit school early or to not care about homework.

5: They can be ashamed of their sexdrives and for only wanting sex, not a girlfriend, not marriage or kids. Their only contact with women often comes from porn and TV and media presenting women as millitantly asexual one day and as dildo-loving nymphomanic the next. This makes them even more confused about women.

6: They know that they can never have a thin, fit woman, like porn and the media indoctrinated them to prefer. They know they could have a fat, shy woman who may have the same problems as them in finding friends, but they despise her body because they want "Britneys".

7: They fear redicule, lies and rumors. People with AS are often hypervigilant, a form of post-traumatic stress disorder wich can be explained as "concious paranoia". They don't dare to do anything out of fear that they will be rediculed into suecide.

8: They know very well that having a child or a sibling with AS is difficult, and doesn't want a girlfriend to go through the same bad things.

- posted by Ole Joergen @ 5/1/2004 04:03:55 PM

 
  Change.
In a world where individuals are all expected to be social, people with AS [Asperger's Syndrome]/HFA [High-Functioning Autism] are seen as disabled. The implication is that if environmental expectations change, or in a different environment, they may not necessarily be seen as disabled. As we have known in relation to other conditions, concepts of disability and handicap are relative to particular environments, both cultural and biological.

From here
  A definition
Asperger's Disorder was first described by a German doctor, Hans Asperger, in 1944 (one year after Leo Kanner's first paper on autism). In his paper, Dr. Asperger discussed individuals who exhibited many idiosyncratic, odd-like behaviors. Unlike children with autism, children diagnosed with Asperger’s disorder develop lucid speech before age four years and their grammar and vocabularies are usually adequate for normal conversation. Their speech is sometimes stilted and their repetitive voice tends to be flat and emotionless; their conversations revolve around themselves. Asperger’s disorder is characterized by concrete and literal thinking. Persons with Asperger’s disorder are usually obsessed with complex topics, weather, music, astronomy history, etc. Intellectual ability for most is in the normal to above normal range in verbal ability and in the below average range on tasks of visual-perceptual organization. Sometimes it is assumed that the individual who has autism and average mental ability has Asperger's disorder. However, it appears that there may be several forms of high-functioning autism, of which Asperger's disorder is only one form.

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  Solution.

...it is imperative to start the recovery program as soon as possible.

...a motivated parent, with the help of other parents who have succeeded to some degree with recovering their child can achieve anything.

Courtesy this thing
  But not to worry.

You have a place in Silicon Valley. Geek. 
  You may...

...be autistic if... 
Thursday, May 06, 2004
  False premises

create headaches
  The thinkings what're from persons in forums.

Asperger's people are excellent at memorization, music, language skills, and math. Often though as adults, they can't hold the simplest of jobs, due to the very specific and idiosynchratic way they must think through any task.

Asperger's people take alot of getting to know before you realize there's anything off about them.

A person with an authentic case of Asperger's is one who would fit the bill of having a documented high I.Q. but no apparent common sence, and no obvious signs of a psychological disorder.

--zoobyshoe

alot of people suffer from this problem I am one of them its more of an inferiority complex a fear of being judged and found lacking and then subconsciously try to suppress any unusually interesting comments to not attract attention.

--coluber

Is this one of those autistic spectrum disorders (e.g. Asperger's) which amount to a bundle of eccentricities and don't really handicap the child overall? Or is it a real handicap, albeit a mild one?

--MAH

This child[with Asperger]'s life doesn't generally suck. S'he wouldn't stand for it. Rather the child seems to be contributing to the other family members' lives sucking.

--Anonymous

Even when communication is perfect on the part of others, it may take the individual 4 yrs. to "get" their point of view.

--Anonymous

In conclusion: a person with Asperger's syndrome or autism has to compensate for poor social skills by making themselves so good in a specialized field that people will be willing to 'buy' their skill even though social skills are poor.

--Tom Hathaway

Some people assert that many hackers have a mild form of autism or Asperger's Syndrome, and are actually missing some of the brain circuitry that lubricates `normal' human social interaction.

--ShaolinTiger

I have a propensity for unintentional rudeness. I think I'm one of those geeks with a mild form of Asperger's Syndrome. When we find others like us (like on usenet or irc), we tend to communicate in ways that appear rude to more normal folk. Sometimes we forget whom we are talking to and assume everyone else is like us. I'm aware of it and I try to guard against it. Pissing normal people off is a bad survival strategy.

--KrisJohnson

 
  Some might say.

Many autistic persons refuse to accept their condition as a ‘disorder’ – and I agree that autism is simply another state of being. In a sense, they are indigenous aliens living in a world dominated by the ‘human’ brain, or neocortex, with which they experience little connection.

However, autistic opponents of the ‘disorder’ theory are quite happy to remain as they are, and refuse to entertain such notions.

My contention has been that the chief cause of autistic behaviour is a predominant reptilian brain.

It is now fairly obvious to scientists involved in autism brain research, that the neocortex and mammalian brains of autistic persons appear to be defective in some way...

In light of the fact that many autistic persons suffer from serotonin and melatonin deficiencies (however, a minority contain an abundant amount), seemingly clinical (biologically caused) in nature… could this be related to a predominant reptilian brain? Depression, anxiety, and insomnia are primarily caused by these deficiencies.

Could the Illuminati – who own the transnational drug companies, among much else, be behind a secret conspiracy to regress humanity back into its reptilian state? Should the Illuminati reptilians be planning on revealing themselves en-mass to the public, they may think co-existence would be easier if we were primarily centred in the R-complex. This could be a form of genocide, whereby they are attempting to eliminate characteristics from humanity, that they do not like.

Genius courtesy of this 
  It is known what works

It is known that autism is a neurological disorder and that there may be differences in the shape and the structure of the brain of autistic children as opposed to non-autistic children.

there may be several 'triggers' which can precipitate the disorder

problems in pregnancy and birth, viral infections, exposure to certain environmental chemicals or pollutants, digestive abnormalities or even allergies to certain foods

Autistic people are individuals and each person is unique, requiring a unique treatment plan.

Tantrum Tamer, a specially formulated homeopathic remedy, uses proven homeopathic ingredients which can greatly reduce or eliminate distressing and hard to handle tantrums.

Becalm is a herbal formula which has been especially formulated to calm and soothe children and adults without the risk of side effects and potential addiction.

...autistic children and adults, who can easily become highly distressed and volatile over seemingly small changes in their environment...

MindSoothe Jr.

These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Informational material and representations have been provided by the manufacturers of the listed products.

A cut and paste from here 
  Suggestions for future research

Linguistic processing was explored in normally intelligent adults with either autism or Asperger's syndrome, to test if global coherence was impaired. Global coherence is the ability to establish causal connections and interrelate local chunks into higher-order chunks so that most linguistic elements are linked together thematically. Since individuals with autism are hypothesized to have weak central coherence then one would predict that the clinical groups would have difficulty integrating information globally so as to derive full meaning.

METHODS: Two experiments were designed to test global coherence. Experiment 1 investigated whether individuals on the autism spectrum condition could arrange sentences coherently. Experiment 2 investigated whether they were less able to use context to make a global inference.

RESULTS: The clinical groups were less able to arrange sentences coherently and use context to make a global inference.

CONCLUSIONS: The results suggest that individuals on the autism spectrum have impaired global coherence. Arranging sentences and making global inferences correlated highly, suggesting that central coherence may be a unitary force in these different tasks. Of the two clinical groups, the autism group had the greater deficit. The effect that such a deficit would have on one's daily life is discussed, along with possible explanations for the clinical groups' greater difficulty, and suggestions for future research.

Credit where due:
Psychol Med. 2000 Sep;30(5):1169-87.
Jolliffe T, Baron-Cohen S.
PMID: 12027052 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

 
This blog is authored (or "compiled" may be more accurate) by a person using the pseudonym Raoul Asperger. The reason(s) for this should become apparent during the reading of the material at left. E-mail: raoulasperger@hotmail.com

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