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  1. With her degree in Linguistics/Anthropology/Philosophy it seems like she enjoys the written word. How about paralegal? The associates degree programs are relatively short and can be affordable depending on the cost of the community college. Definitely cheaper than law school, and the jobs can be good. I have a friend from undergrad who is very happy as a paralegal.
  2. This sounds really positive. It’s so important to feel heard and understood. Always makes me feel much more confident in a diagnosis (or non-diagnosis) if I feel the doctor “gets” me or my kid. Good luck with the process going forward!
  3. You can tell her that there are lots of undiagnosed girls out there, who are doing well, but who could still use additional supports to make their lives easier. You can also tell her that there are Autistic adults who are married, and have kids and careers. A diagnosis will help her reach her life goals, whatever they are. It doesn’t mean she is broken and needs fixing. (I was diagnosed at 39. I wish I had been diagnosed at 13! Getting supports in place before college would have been fantastic.)
  4. I’ve wanted to go to Trier and these pictures confirm it! Looks lovely! Have a great time!
  5. In my experience as a college student the slightly older kids had a social advantage. I wouldn’t worry about it.
  6. Most UK universities participate in the US federal student aid program. I was able to take US federal loans to fund my UK graduate school. Just FYI.
  7. As a former foreign language major, the two year college foreign language series will give you a great foundation, but you still have to build the house yourself! (This means extra work during the classes and after you finish the classes if you want to reach even just a solid intermediate level.) The good news is that the internet has made it so much easier to access native content, buy advanced grammar books, compare notes with other language learners etc. I wouldn’t discourage college language classes, but they are just the starting point in learning a foreign language.
  8. I’d use any extra money for a single room over an honors college any day of the week. Having my own room made such a difference in dorm life. (I did two years with roommates, one year without. I didn’t know I was Autistic.) I don’t think I was a bad roommate, but I was very sensitive to my roommates being in the room. Made it hard to relax/shut out the world. Which sometimes you really need in college. I would also look for a dorm close to campus. I really need to be able to retreat to my own space during the day, it’s hard for me to have the Executive Functioning to study on campus. (What books do I need? Where should I go? Etc.) Law School I actually lived across the street and it made everything more manageable.
  9. Would it be possible to finish his bachelors at home and for him to have a more on-campus traditional college experience for his masters degree? A few extra years of maturity will probably help him get the most out of the experience. And at least having the security of the Bachelors degree before trying bigger changes. I’m Autistic and had a more consistently positive experience with grad school than undergrad. I was older, in smaller, more structured programs, and had more fun. The college experience isn’t just for undergrads.
  10. Are you familiar with Tadoku? It’s a series of graded readers with audio to teach Japanese through reading, but it’s also an approach to language learning through reading that can be used for any language. “Four Golden Rules At the initial stages, there are four important rules to follow in tadoku. Start from scratch. Choose easy books you can enjoy without translating. Look at the pictures carefully. They will help your understanding and make you want to read more. Don’t use a dictionary Looking up unknown words in a dictionary slows you down and kill the joy of reading. Rather, let the pictures tell the story and keep on reading. Skip over difficult words, phrases and passages. If the pictures don’t help, don’t hesitate to skip over difficult parts and keep on reading. If you enjoy the overall story, you don’t have to understand every minor detail! When the going gets tough, quit the book and pick up another. The going gets tough when the book is not suitable for your level or your interest. Simply throw the book away and start reading something else.” I focus on skip the hardest stuff and don’t hesitate to abandon a book that isn’t working. Reading should be fun!
  11. My reading was a mix of YA Titles and Chick Lit, both French and in translation. (I’ve only just graduated to Fancy Book Club French: Les écrivements, Matthieu Simard. Yum!) Sophie Kinsella, Jennifer Wiener, whatever I could find at the library or Goodwill. Don’t aim high at first! Aim for accessible! It’s okay to read Diary of a Wimpy Kid to get started! I only add my pages to my list when I actually *finish* a book. Helps me power through sometimes!
  12. I literally know accountants who carry guns. (And lawyers who help the accountants who carry guns, if guns are too much.) There are so many paths in law enforcement for so many very different types of people! (Accountants with badges I mean! Not just random CPAs with firearms!)
  13. There is nothing wrong with focusing on input rather than output. Lots of self-taught hobbyists enjoy learning languages but don’t feel the need to speak them. Italian is fairly transparent to an English speaker. You can skim a text and sorta mostly have an idea what it is about. With a transparent language it is totally an option to just start reading. The first 500 pages or so is the hardest. Keep at it and you will make leaps and bounds. I’m currently at about 3,500 pages of reading French, and I can easily read grown up novels. Maybe not literature taught at Universities, but definitely fancy book-club type books. I’m told when you get to 10,000 pages it’s almost as easy as reading English. I’ve only done the very basics of French grammar formally, I’ve just picked up everything from context. If you are concerned about pronunciation I would recommend watching a TV show. Pick something mindless that you are already familiar with and just start watching. Don’t worry if you don’t understand much. You will. Comprehension improves massively after about 50 hours. I know someone who watched That Seventies Show dubbed in Italian on Netflix. That’s a perfect choice. I watched all 15 seasons of ER dubbed in French and now I can mostly follow regular French TV. (In depth intellectual discussions? Not quite. A light comedy? Sure.) If you are interested in discussion with other language hobbyists I highly recommend:
  14. My Dd brought a shoe box into the bathroom at 19 months and declared it her potty. I thought, Great! She’s interested! Let’s try potty training! It didn’t go well. She wasn’t fully trained until after three.... She had the intellectual interest early but her body just wasn’t ready. So I say sure, let your son do his thing with Daddy, indulge his interest, see if he surprises you, but don’t expect much until his skills catch up with his interest.
  15. I had at least three sets of pump parts when I was doing overnight NICU pumping. The hospital grade Medela pump I rented used the same parts as my old Medela pump for work, so I was able to reuse the old parts I had from my older kid. At least one of those old sets I had purchased for myself at Target. If the hospital won’t just hand you the parts you need, send Dh shopping! Extra pump parts are expensive bits of plastic, but such an affordable way to extend your sanity!
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