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Old 02-22-2020, 09:21 AM   #1
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Does anyone have success stories about autism or conditions similar to autism such as nonverbal learning disorder or PDD (pervasive development disorder), sensory processing disorder, synesthesia, misphonia, etc. What are your coping skills and have you made progress in your life.
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I was diagnosed with PDD-NOS under the old DSM; now they call it autism spectrum disorder. I also have PTSD, which is unrelated, so this has made my life more difficult. However, I did manage to get a Bachelor's Degree and graduate with honors with the help of some disability accommodations provided through my college. I'm 26, and nowadays, I do volunteer work from home. I have trouble being out in public because PTSD makes me very hypervigilant, but as I said, this is unrelated to my autism. I'm hoping to work from home for pay eventually. It's just hard to get hired as an autistic person. For me, medications and cognitive behavioral therapy have helped me manage some of my autism symptoms. I also have a mentor through my state's disability services, which has been helpful. My family has also always believed in me, so having good social support was a plus. I also have a decent amount of friends now, which is great since a lot of autistic people have trouble in social situations. Some people may consider me a failure since I'm not employed for pay, but I am happy more and more often, so I consider it a success. Success looks different for different people anyway.
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@88Butterfly88 that is great you have persevered and have completed your Bachelors degree with honors. Glad you have been able to make friends and volunteer. Hope you can eventually find a job that suits your needs and that you enjoy.

Maybe try part time employment to start out.

Keep trying to persevere and find what makes you happy.

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@88Butterfly88 that is great you have persevered and have completed your Bachelors degree with honors. Glad you have been able to make friends and volunteer. Hope you can eventually find a job that suits your needs and that you enjoy.

Maybe try part time employment to start out.

Keep trying to persevere and find what makes you happy.

Thank you! Part time employment is a good idea. I'll keep trying.
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I have SPD (sensory perception disorder) for me most of my triggers are auditory although when I was a kid it was also kinaesthetic. My mom made some homemade therapies for me. Working with animals, art programs, etc for the kinaesthetic. The auditory was a lot harder. Loud sounds like a car backfire, balloon popping, electric lawn mower, or vacuum could leave me hysterical. Other sounds that bothered me were echoes, or the same noise overlapping a bunch of times (discovered after enrolling me in tap class).

For me dealing with it involved repetition with expectation. By that I mean that if someone was vacuuming or mowing the lawn that I was told. I went to a summer camp that used a firework display as an intro. First time I was hysterical, second time I refused to enter. Third time I covered my ears. By my sixth year at that summer camp I was fine as long as I was braced properly for it. I guess I learned to expect it as well as deal with it so I could be ‘normal’

But some sounds still get me, a balloon popping or car backfire can still leave me in states of high anxiety (I actually get nervous if there are even balloons in the room)
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@Cookiecrush sounds as if you have adapted by learning ways to cope with being notified ahead of time about certain sounds. For me some sounds cause stress while some are annoying to me (maybe it’s misphonia). Examples include a leaf blower outside my windows causes stress while repetitive noises such as typing or constant cough or someone constantly clearing their throat is very annoying to me.
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I was diagnosed with PDD-NOS under the old DSM; now they call it autism spectrum disorder. I also have PTSD, which is unrelated, so this has made my life more difficult. However, I did manage to get a Bachelor's Degree and graduate with honors with the help of some disability accommodations provided through my college. I'm 26, and nowadays, I do volunteer work from home. I have trouble being out in public because PTSD makes me very hypervigilant, but as I said, this is unrelated to my autism. I'm hoping to work from home for pay eventually. It's just hard to get hired as an autistic person. For me, medications and cognitive behavioral therapy have helped me manage some of my autism symptoms. I also have a mentor through my state's disability services, which has been helpful. My family has also always believed in me, so having good social support was a plus. I also have a decent amount of friends now, which is great since a lot of autistic people have trouble in social situations. Some people may consider me a failure since I'm not employed for pay, but I am happy more and more often, so I consider it a success. Success looks different for different people anyway.
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My 30 year old son was recently (2 weeks ago) diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (among other things). One of the recommendations of the neuropsychologist was to apply for state disability services. I was curious about the "mentor" you mentioned. That sounds like something that would benefit my son. But I am not even sure he will be accepted for disability services. The reason is that he already applied for SSI and was rejected, because he has a large bank account. Due to his autism, he never spent even 1 penny his entire life, and saved all birthday gifts, Christmas gifts, etc. and of course interest. Any thoughts?
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