Adults On The Autism Spectrum

Posted by Mamacita, Volunteer Mentor @mamacita, Apr 29, 2018

Maybe you were really shy as a child. Perhaps you took home a huge stack of books from the school library, read them, and returned them the next day. Or did your best friend find you crying in your closet, unable to answer the question “Why?” At any rate, your life could be traced to the Self-Help section of the local bookstore. Unfortunately, most of the books were not much help. ADHD seemed to fit, at times. Your shrink said you might be Bi-Polar, although she wasn’t really certain. All you knew was that you rarely fit in, anywhere. One day at work, it hit you square in the face: I don’t speak these people’s language! Really, it was like you were all playing this game, and everyone knew the rules but you. You couldn’t tell a joke, and you never “got” any joke your co-worker tried to tell you. People started getting annoyed with you, because you had a memory like a steel trap. They didn’t appreciate it when you called them on the carpet. Who knew? This was my life, and worse. I finally aced several tests that pointed me to the answer to my questions. The Autism Spectrum. Guess what? Little kids with Autism grow up to be Adults with Autism. Diagnosed late in life? This is the place for you!

@gingerw and @lisalucier I am so thrilled to see you both on the different Autism sites.
This particular one came about a little while back to meet and greet with Adults on the Autism Spectrum.

The latest additions go into a bit more detail as we learn together what the Autism experience feels like. Because if you've met one person with Autism, you've….met one person with Autism.

And then we have the mothers, fathers, grandparents, aunts, and uncles of children and teenagers who are or might possibly be on the Autism Spectrum. These are especially near and dear to our hearts because these young ones are presently growing up in a society that does not know quite what to do with them.
Their experiences run the gamut of somewhere between the young mother at a convenience store who tearfully shared with me that her child had been kicked out of school….to the proud mom of the teenager who has no clue that she has Aspergers. Straight A student, shy, keeps to herself, but has friends and a good life.

Many of us on the Spectrum believe that the best way to understand these children growing up is to talk with other Autistic people who have grown up. We have been where they are. In many ways we are still there. Our brain circuitry has not changed. We still think outside the box.

We still know that feeling of having been called to the principal's office and wondering what you're getting in trouble for today.

Pull up a seat. You are welcome here. We ask lots of questions. And sometimes we even have a few answers for you that ring true.

Love and light,
Mamacita Jane

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