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Is anybody else here on the spectrum? I ask because it seems to me that many would be based on shared interest and other cues. Just a shot in the dark but I have a strong hunch I am not the only one.
 

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Forgive my ignorance, but what is "the spectrum"?
 

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I'm guessing he means the autism/aspergers spectrum.
 

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When I hear "spectrum" it's usually this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autism_spectrum

I usually get "potentially positive" on self-tests but I've never been diagnosed. Mostly I just prefer being alone and doing things alone versus interacting and cooperating with people. I'm never comfortable in social situations, always feel awkward, and only have a couple of close friends. I've even looked into getting my own FAA waiver on my dad's farm because club launches make me anxious.
 

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Do you mean the TV/internet company?
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There was once a company called "Time Warner Cable" Well, it's now called "Spectrum"

Thanks,
 

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Yes, this is what I mean. My hunch is more than a few here.


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Leave it to Rockets to throw confusion into Grouch's answer....probably they simul-posted. So which is it Autism or Spectrum Internet?
 

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Um there's about 100% chance he means the former (autism spectrum).
 

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Um there's about 100% chance he means the former (autism spectrum).
Your probably right, I have a 6 year old who is low on the high function autism spectrum, along with Oppositional defiant Disorder, ADDHD, it makes life interesting.
 

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My son and I both are. He is very lucky and had great therapy with a great outcome. He is an Eagle Scout, a Freshman in computer engineering at Cal Poly, and he appropriately handles his girlfriends emotions.

I don’t do so bad these days either. 😏
 

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Y[...] Oppositional defiant Disorder, ADDHD, it makes life interesting.
That is NOW deemed to be a medical condition?
I thought that was just part and parcel of growing up !!

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That is NOW deemed to be a medical condition?
I thought that was just part and parcel of growing up !!

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Some people grow out of parts of their brain chemistry. Some develop coping techniques. Others grow into a different part of their brain chemistry.

Some people grow out of their peanut allergy. Some avoid peanuts like the plague or try desensitization routines. Others find out they've become allergic by a surprise hospital trip.
 

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My 14 year old daughter is on the spectrum. She’s a freshman in high school, takes AP level classes, area-all state oboe player, and plays field hockey. She’s very aware of her weaknesses (she sees a great therapist) and actively works to overcome them. When she was officially diagnosed with what was once called Aspergers, every criteria the doctor called out is something that I have as well...


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One of the guys I went to school with only found out he had severe ADD when he got to university and was experimenting with drugs. Speed made him... for lack of a better word, normal. (I hate that word.. honestly...)

Some research and a trip to the Dr several years after he finished university, then several specialist referrals later, he's been on Ritalin for almost 20 years and is a completely different person, much more social (and socially aware), married and thriving at work... (he used to be someone only tolerated for his deep technical skills but they would NEVER put in front of a customer or an executive)
 

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I recently found out I have HFA and I can tell you knowing is the best gift I could have ever received, things make more sense now. I could go on and on about it and I actually typed out a long winded sermon but thought better of it and deleted it. I am 44 years old and I finally given myself permission to be myself and not some avatar designed to be viewed as normal. Normal, what a funny word.
 

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I recently found out I have HFA and I can tell you knowing is the best gift I could have ever received, things make more sense now. I could go on and on about it and I actually typed out a long winded sermon but thought better of it and deleted it. I am 44 years old and I finally given myself permission to be myself and not some avatar designed to be viewed as normal. Normal, what a funny word.
Good for you Jarrett..
Must be quite freeing to finally find out
a plausible explanation for what you've always felt...

Teddy
 

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I probably am, but pretty high functioning and not officially diagnosed. My older kid almost certainly is, again not diagnosed. I sort of joke that half of the people in our engineering office are probably on the spectrum.

I have weird issues--I can talk to a room of a thousand people easily, but with a straightforward person-to-person thing I have real trouble. I tried three times at an end of year PTA party to tell a principal that I thought she handled a tough situation really well and I wished her well in her next job. Still couldn't quite do it. I can remember job numbers from when I started here 20 years ago, but I can't hold a name for more than a minute. I'm getting better at knowing my limitations, but some things are super hard.
 

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Try "neurotypical" vs. "neurodivergent" i.e. more clearly referring to a most-common soup of brain chemicals.

"Normal" is a pretty overloaded word in these kinds of conversations.
 

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Synonyms. Typical and normal, in true TRF style splitting hairs is high art. People know what is meant when someone uses the word normal. It's not to say if you are not normal you are subhuman. I'm damn proud I'm not normal. How boring.


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Synonyms. Typical and normal, in true TRF style splitting hairs is high art. People know what is meant when someone uses the word normal. It's not to say if you are not normal you are subhuman. I'm damn proud I'm not normal. How boring.


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Not in this case. Subjective quantification do not need to be precise. You might look into why you have issues with normal, it doesn't seem normal to me.


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Not in this case. Subjective quantification do not need to be precise. You might look into why you have issues with normal, it doesn't seem normal to me.


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What if... what if the way I feel about it and the way you feel about it are as different as our approaches?

Nah, let's fight ^_^

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I think most diagnosis that doctors give are them just wanting to label someone for insurance purposes. Alot of the stuff is wack. It is all driven by the dollar.
 

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Uh, yeah, whatever Columbia..


I have dyslexia, although minor, it has hampered the whole school experience. Only diagnosed later in life. Knowing I'm an 'M' class dyslexic now really makes scene of where I was, why I struggled, and where I'm going.. And why I can hold an engineering job without an official piece of paper!
 

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Uh, yeah, whatever Columbia..


I have dyslexia, although minor, it has hampered the whole school experience. Only diagnosed later in life. Knowing I'm an 'M' class dyslexic now really makes scene of where I was, why I struggled, and where I'm going.. And why I can hold an engineering job without an official piece of paper!

I think you and I can agree. The doctors over medicate people especially kids. People truly do have issues but like I said I think doctors go overboard about things.
 

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"I have dyslexia, although minor, it has hampered the whole school experience."

Actually lexdyseia or aixelsyd is more of what WE really suffer with........people with out it, see it as dyslexia.

I am fantastic at reading stuff backwards in mirrors, even upside down. Or when inside looking out through ..........

windows with lettering placed for exterior reading.

. gnidaer roiretxe rof decalp gnirettel htiw swodniw

but then I'm crazy, or so they say........:wink:
 

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I was able to read that will only a little bit of trouble. .nuf dna gnitseretnI

.gnidaer roiretxe rof decalp gnirettel htiw swodniw

Columbia, I am not sure if you are joking or not. At any rate, my diagnosis doesn't deal with any of that as I am not or ever will be medicated. My doctor was surprised I did not know about my condition. He did mention certain medications could help with the stress but I told him that learning which situations were not healthy for me allows me to avoid them. I said that is easier and cheaper.

My whole point in this thread was to see if there is anyone else out there in similar a situation. I am truly thankful I know, it allows me to use my strengths as strengths and not weaknesses. It also allows me not to spin my wheels on things that are difficult or impossible for me as my tendency is. I knew there would be some people who would see negative and some who are not affected weigh in on what they don't understand. After all, I guess it's "normal" behavior for the forum.
 

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I think you and I can agree. The doctors over medicate people especially kids. People truly do have issues but like I said I think doctors go overboard about things.
Personally, I think it really comes down to bad parenting, and that they aren't able to deal "kids" and insist on medication to calm them down..

Also, that 'special needs' kids (here at least) are being lumped into regular (and overcrowded) classrooms (Special needs classes are being fazed out). And teachers are getting frazzled dealing with this extra burden, along with the usual malcontents. SO, it's the average student that ends up suffering in the long run.
 
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