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  1. I read an interview a few years ago by a bloke who gets mentioned as a victim of Prince Phillip's bigotry every time anyone in our media wants to run a story like that. He said the Prince had been misquoted, he hadn't been offended at all and they'd had a good laugh. Not that any of us are immune to behaving like jerks at times, but I think if you live too long, you run the risk of your sense of humour going out of fashion.
  2. I think just about everything is normal, so I'm not the right person to ask!
  3. You already know how to interact with your person. 🙂
  4. It is convenient to have friends of the same neurotype.
  5. And I have more. I think that's just personality.
  6. Linked to the mouth reflexes, I think. Peter Pan will have better information, but this is my observation. When my boy's mouth reflexes were less severe, he was more tolerant of loud noises. When the reflexes ramped up again, so did his problem with the blender.
  7. Then there's that whole thing where if you're too nice to people, you look like a jerk. Like resolving a problem quietly instead of gushing sympathy and leaving the person to suffer like you're meant to.* *I seriously don't know how that is a rule, but I know it is one.
  8. Mm. Agriculture can't work sustainably without animal input, so where will that come from?
  9. Please let's not do that "has a discernible EQ therefore not-autistic" thing. It is really not uncommon for Aspie types to have high EQ. We had to develop it to minimise the amount of trouble we got into.
  10. I have an autistic friend who loves making phone calls. They've got me so well trained I hit "accept" when they call even when I'm trying to hang up on them. 😅
  11. It's a common dynamic in my family of origin to prioritise the volatile and make a whipping boy/scapegoat out of the reliable ones. Worry less about how they feel about you, and concentrate on how you feel about them. Your decisions should be made from your point of view, not theirs.
  12. Bahahahhahahaha Don't you believe it. (Not you, the public.) But from the added information, there's definitely more going on than mere autism. Autism is not a reason to choose to be less healthy than one can be. ((Hugs))
  13. As you get older, you are thrown into more different environments and your mum isn't there to manoeuvre things the way mums do. You learn more about how unfair* life is and it tires you out. *The lying, the flaking, the double standards, the knowing you're never going to understand why some people get away with so much and you'll never work out how to be one of those people yourself. How did she play when she was small?
  14. Tell him to be patient. 🙂 Maybe give him a heads up as to whether today is a learning a new reading rule day or whether it is going to be a practicing day, but basically, this is entirely normal. You might consider using graded readers, to space out the new rules required, or lists of words so there's no story to get in the way of sounding out practice.
  15. The main thing is to reduce his stress levels as far as possible. The second is to talk him through it all. When they're toddlers, you walk about saying "oh, look, it's a snail!" and "Do you remember what that flower is called?" When they're older, you talk through the emotional stuff, a lot of which starts with "Come here and be hugged." He needs to be taught how he works. What the grief cycle is, how stress makes our bodies and emotions feel, how our amygdala shuts down our prefrontal cortex. Once he has words, it's easier to divorce the behaviour from character. Normal stress re
  16. I had my daughter fingerspell most of the words, to avoid the writing issue.
  17. For a nice, easy read, 'Walking the Boundaries' by Jackie French. That should be easy to find. There are also a bunch of Indigenous stories on Youtube. 'Rabbit Proof Fence' is heavier, but history is like that. I agree with Lori about watching the movie instead of reading the book. 'Sand Talk' by Tyson Yunkaporta should be a good read if you're wanting a bit more thinking. I haven't read the kiddie version of 'Dark Emu' yet, but it's on everyone's shortlist of Australian "must reads" for kids. Yassmin Abdel-Magied's autobiography is a good read, if you don't mind a bit of language. S
  18. Australia is a big place. I'm a temperate zone girl. Bugger the tropics. Bugger the sub-tropics too. They probably keep crocodiles in their floods. I'm not sure why crocodiles seem less appealing than flood and fire. Maybe it's what you're used to... My heart belongs in box-ironbark country, so here I am.
  19. It doesn't. Coz we love a sunburnt country, a land of sweeping plains, of rugged mountain ranges, of droughts and flooding rains. Can't blame dear Dorothea for not predicting loo roll and sock shortages. It'd have made the poem a bit less dignified, in any case. Perhaps we need a modern Slim Dusty for that. My mother calls them "Jo-ers" for short. That's probably even less cool. I don't know. I don't even know how it should be spelled.
  20. Um. The only people I've ever heard call snakes "Joe Blakes" are my parents. Melissa is certainly cooler and hipper than they are, bless their hearts. Well. I feel better now I know how we got from the Suez Canal to Melissa's socks.
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