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Welcome to members! Come and introduce yourself.

Tue 1 Sep 2015 10:34am

Welcome to the forum!

What’s it all about? As the name suggests, this is a space to talk about autism with others.

You can share your thoughts and experiences, frustrations, joys and anything at all related to autism!

We want this to be a safe and friendly space to chat.

Here you can introduce yourself to the community. You might want to share a hobby or interest or your connection with autism.If you've been a member of the community for a while, you might want to share a top tip or tell us how long you've been a member. 

So I’m Charlotte and I work for Ambitious about Autism. I am passionate about raising awareness and understanding of autism and being ambitious for people with autism. I love to curl up with a good book – fiction and non-fiction. I’m currently reading IQ84 by Murakami.

 

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  • SherpaMum's picture

    Hi, thank you for sharing your story Haggles.

    School sounds like a horrid time for you.  I am pleased that you now have a diagnosis and are enjoying college.  You are doing so well. Be proud of yourself and how far you have come.

    please keep us updated as to how you are doing.

  • WarriorOfEden's picture

    Hello, my name is Taylor, I am 21 years old.  I have Autism, Dyspraxia (diagnosed when I was 3 or 4) and Post-traumatic stress (diagnosed recently), it isn't easy but I manage... somehow. I joined the site because I am looking for new friends and new adventures Smile 

    You'll find out more about me on my profile, I don't want to bore you with details Blum 3 

    A warrior from an unknown land here to protect those without a voice and those who deserve it
  • NickyB's picture

    Hello Taylor and welcome Smile

    Nicky - Community Champion
  • kelvin's picture

    Hello everyone!

     

    I'm dad to a wonderful 6 year old who we have had a diagnosis of ASD just this month. Although we aways knew our Izzy was "highly strung" and "one on her own" we really didn't suspect ASD until she started having issues in school. Like so many we have our diagnosis and that it, off we go, no support.

    We are feeling alone and adrift at the moment but determined to get the best for our Izzy. It's now been just over 3 weeks since the diagnosis and we are meeting with school tomorrow to see what support they can offer, there is talk of an IEP or EHCP but we're not sure which route school are looking to go down. Izzy far exceeds some aspects of her education, especially reading, but is way behind in others. Currently her reading age is 3 years above her peers, but she hasn't a clue how to play at playtime. 

    We had today our first taste of the more unpleasent side of ASD when Izzy was ejected from her swimming lesson for refusing to take instruction! Hopping mad doesn't even come close. She is taken by her grandma and has had lessons for about a year so it was something of a bolt from the blue. When grandma tried to explain about the autism the instructor didn't want to know.

    Anyway I'm sure this wont be the first posting of our trails and tribulations with Izzy.

     

    Just want to say hi, so HI!!

     

    Kelvin.

     

    Oh, and Izzy is the eldsest of three

  • SherpaMum's picture

    Hi Talyor and Kelvin, nice to meet you both.

    I hope the swimming sorts itself out for Izzie, it often looked like my son doesn't listen to instructions, as he won't look at the person, but he listens.  If the instructor does not want to know, then it sounds like a complaint and then move her somewhere that cares.

    Izzy sounds very much like my son, he was diagnosed aged 7 and is now 10. He finally has a small group of true friends. Give Izzy time and she will get there.  My son has always been socially slower than the other children, but also educationally above, so the others couldn't understand his games, but he now has friends who see him for who he is and as a parent that is all I could ask of for friends.

    Let us know how you get on with your progress, I found the diagnosis like a punch in the stomach, lots of reading followed to help me understand and process it and lots of questions to the forum to find out bits I couldn't find answers to. Things are much more settled now as my son is learning to understand and deal with the things that would previously have left him in melt down.

    Good luck with the next steps.

     

  • WarriorOfEden's picture

    Thank you for welcoming me... now can maybe someone point me in the right direction? I am looking for a place to just chat about general things, not just my Autism... do you have a general chat here or something? 

    A warrior from an unknown land here to protect those without a voice and those who deserve it
  • bumblebee's picture

    Hi everyone,

    I haven't been on here for a long time and I see things have changed a lot! I thought I'd pop in, say hi & see who's about! 

    Claire
  • SherpaMum's picture

    Hi, good to have you back.

    I hope you like the changes. smiley

  • Hendrow's picture

    Thank you Charlotte, as you can see, I finally manage to get into the group. Let the fun begin! cool

    Hendrow Christie.
  • SherpaMum's picture

    Hi, pleased you managed to get on to the group.

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