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ABC15 Arizona
"I feel like I stumbled on a miracle that I want more people to know about."

A new therapeutic technology from local neuropsychologist Dr. Amy Serin, PhD is said to be a game-changer for those with Autism. It uses stimulation to override common stress responses. Learn more about 'Buzzies':
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2 years ago

For women with Asperger's

I am looking forward to 'Jack of the Red Hearts' because the autistic character is female. I do not necessarily agree with many points made by the woman interviewed in the below clip, but I hold out hope that the movie will be a good influence on Autism Acceptance.
In my opinion, the British film, Magnificent 7 (2005), starring Helena Bonham Carter, shows an accurate depiction of the diversity of needs, across 1 family's 4 sons.
Made at a time that most girls on the spectrum were still mostly missed or misdiagnosed, the 3 daughters in this movie clearly are in the 'Broader Autism Phenotype' as is the mother (Bonham Carter).

HuffPost Women
Filmmaker Janet Grillo discusses what's wrong with the mainstream media's depiction of autism.
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I struggle to believe in my Aspie diagnosis because I don't have that intense special interest. I focus on random subjects intensely for a couple weeks up to a couple months then poof just like that my obsession becomes completely unimportant. I usual cycle back to the interest within a year or so. Anyone else like this? The rest of the diagnosis fits.


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2 years ago

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In 2015, a study conducted by The National Autistic Society (NAS), the Royal College of GPs and the UCL Institute of Education asked 502 autistic people their language preferences.

The term ‘autistic’ was endorsed by 61% of autistic people. In contrast, only 18% of autistic people preferred the term ‘person with autism’.

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I prefer Aspergers

Tony Attwood on Females with Aspergers/ASD is "Professor Tony Attwood - Autism in Females" by Healthed on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.
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OMG this was and is so me it' s scary!!!! Almost every detail

Found this very informative 😊

A man talking about women with aspergers...hmmmm. He does not qualify.

wow - the story of my life.. 🙁

It's saying it doesn't exist or deleted

I watched it and it was very informative. Made me cry.

Linda Heyen

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Early history is important in Dx-ing adults.

I was Dx'd at 40. My parents filled out the parent questionnaires and consulted my baby book! While I filled out my paperwork, was interviewed, and completed assessment tests.

Before the ASD spectrum was fully recognised (pre-1994), usually only really severe cases of Classic Autism were dx'd in girls. Before females were recognised as being 'on the spectrum' at all levels (pre-2005), women & girls 'on the spectrum' were dx'd with many other things, especially bipolar and/or Borderline Personality Disorder.

With the DSM-5 coming out last year, ASD was redefined as having 3 Levels of Severity:
Level 1= Aspergers/HFA
Level 2= Classic Autism/ Average IQ or above
Level 3= Classic Autism/ IQ <70
And the speech delay criteria removed. That is now a separate comorbid condition = any separate dx.

Other comorbid conditions can include conditions like:
~ Learning Disabilities,
~ Cerebral Palsey,
~ Speech Delay,
~ Learning Disabilities, etc.
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There is MUCH more to the dx criteria than listed above. Level 1 = "Requiring support” Level 2 = "Requiring substantial support” Level 3 = "Requiring very substantial support” The DSM-5 lists exactly what is meant by each Level and what is meant by 'requires' some degree of 'support'. This information is available online.

Can you clarify please? My understanding of the new criteria is that it has one umbrella term. And that iq has nothing to do with level of functioning.

I go for my testing with the Nureo-Pysch on the 29th. When I was young I was diagnosed with Asperger's.. But had problems over the years. What is the best way to understand the DSM-5 catogrization? Compared to Asperger's just being on the spectrum?

Thank you 🙂

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