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mashton


Best wishes for the festive season

Thu 19 Dec 2019 6:52pm
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The team at Ambitious about Autism wish all our Talk about Autism Community members all the best for the festive season and a happy and healthy 2020. Some of you will see our most recent Include Autism this Christmas campaign on our website and social media. Please do share these resources with friends and colleagues if you wish.

Ambitious about Autism will be closed for the holidays from 24 December until 2...

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Hilja


Struggling to cope with my adult son

Thu 16 Jan 2020 3:57pm
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I am new to this site and have been advised to maybe try chatting with people who know my struggles.  I am a single parent to my son Jack who is 21, he has high functioning autism which was diagnosed when he was sectioned at 15. He suffers from social anxiety too and rarely leaves house without me, he self harms and has had 4 suicide attempts, the last one a couple of months. I am struggling to deal with him as he can be very verbally abusive, the more anxious he gets the worse it becomes....

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sarysue


Safe on social media

Mon 06 Jan 2020 6:43pm

Hello, my son is 16 and is high functioning ASD. Like all teenagers he is keen to find a girlfriend. As it’s easier for him to talk online, he often approaches girls, mostly totally appropriately, but his judgement worries me. He’s kind, but might not be aware if he is coming across as too keen, or worst case a bit OTT or insistent! This worries me, but as a 50 year old parent I’m well aware that I’m out of touch with what kids do now online anyway.

I do talk openly with him, but...

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Sarah
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Pitt_researcher


Research on Autism in the Media

Tue 17 Dec 2019 2:30pm

Hi everyone,

My name is Ellen and I am new to this community. Currently I live in Pittsburgh, US but I have spent a significant amount of time in the UK because my husband is from there. Together we have a son, Landric, who is 5 years old. At age 3, he was diagnosed with Sotos Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder, and PDD-NOS.

I am graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh. When my son was diagnosed, I became interested in autism, especially in how the media portrays it. I...

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Ellen
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Toilet trained at 20 months now wets himself everyday nearly 5.

Mon 09 Dec 2019 9:40pm
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This is my first post and would really appreciate any advice. My son was highlighted by his school in September as being ASD. It was a complete shock although I then came to wonder how I didn't figure it out myself. Partly think it's because whatever is going on with him is regressive. Suddenly sensory issues at school, never had them before. Now wets himself daily despite being toilet trained very easily before 2. I'm worried I'll have to give up my job if he doesn't stop, to go up to the...

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