anonymous asked:

I know that being/going nonverbal is an autism thing but iiaat to still be able to talk if you need to but would just really rather not and it takes a lot of effort to say things that make sense so not talking would be preferable but isn’t really an option in that situation

Yup. This would fall under the term semiverbal which is kind of an umbrella term for a variety of experiences partial verbality. 

Some possible ways to experience being nonverbal:

  • only being able to speak when spoken to/to answer questions
  • only being able to access a small part of your vocabulary
  • getting easily exhausted by speech
  • a disconnect between eloquence of thoughts and speech (for instance, I’ll often have essays flowing through my head but struggle to put mouth words together to convey the thoughts, even though the thoughts are already in words in my head)
  • only being able to speak in scripts/echolalia
  • nearly any experience in which you feel your abilities to communicate verbally are compromised but still somewhat present

A person can be semiverbal all/most of the time or they may experience episodes of being semiverbal. 

Personally, I am typically verbal but experience periods of semiverbality and nonverbality. And, my experiences of semiverbality vary. Sometimes I can only speak when prompted/asked questions. Sometimes I can only get out small words that only somewhat relate to what I’m trying to say. Sometimes, I can participate in pleasantries and other “nothing” words, but am unable to talk about the things that I desperately need to talk about. 


anonymous asked:

Could not understanding certain directions unless they're super specific be an autism thing? For example, asking where a garbage can is, getting "Over there" and a point in a vague direction, and still not having a clue even though everyone else seemed to have gotten it

yeah it definitely is an autism thing

Iiaat to have issues with being observed in public? It’s hard to do things when I’m observed, even and especially when outside in public. Just sitting, or reading, or eating, or whatever is really difficult for me when in public. I don’t like being observed, and it goes way beyond dislike. It shapes my actions and choices.

Is this something other autistic folks experience?

Not a Feel

- Is it an autistic thing to be like 100% incapable of hiding your emotions no matter how hard you try?

It can be, though it’s by no means exclusive to autism

- hey not a feel but I’m curious, what replaces the use of ‘high functioning’ and 'low functioning’ labels?

Nothing. The concept behind them is inherently ableist (this person works better a person), and ignores the fact that autistic people often have a mixture of “high” and “low” functioning traits. Example: I am hyperlexic, have an IQ of 141 (not that IQ isn’t also a terrible concept), and remember information well, but also sometimes can’t tell when I’m hungry/need the loo and can’t handle meeting new people, large groups of people or loud noises, and find bathing difficult due to sensory issues.

- iiaat to be super prone to picking up the mannerisms of others? like, i met a girl who does this certain hand gesture when she’s talking and after a couple conversations with her i suddenly started doing it all the time, not just with her but with others. i’ll hear someone use one phrase once and then it’ll become permanently part of my speech pattern. it’s not deliberate; some of the mannerisms i’ve picked up i don’t even like, but it seems to happen way more often to me than to others.

Autistics are more likely than allistics to do this, yes

- how does one separate the symptoms of giftedness and autism? i’ve done my research and really see a lot of signs of autism in myself, but i’ve always been told that those things were just because i’m smart and mature. and i can see how social issues and possibly unusual fixations could be a sign of giftedness, but where does one draw the line? how can i tell if i’m both?

Autistic traits do not come from just being smart or good at things. If you have autistic behaviours it’s not because you’re “gifted”

- when i have meltdowns i tend to repeat words. Like i thought my roommate was mad at me and it triggered me (due childhood abuse) into a meltdown and i just kept repeating “im sorry” and couldn’t stop. Thats echolalia right?

Potentially, but it also sounds like a potential PTSD thing. When my PTSD’s triggered I tend to repeat “I can’t do it”

- is it possible for me to have fewer meltdowns as i grew up? they still definitely happen just not as much as when i was a kid

It’s very common, as often people can cope with things better as they get older, or shut down instead.

anonymous asked:

could it be related to autism if I feel weird about intimacy and relationships? I don't think I'm aro/ace because I am attracted to people and like the idea of being in a relationship, but it just doesn't feel like something that's possible for me. I don't particularly like or 'get' dating etiquette and I feel like my idea of an ideal relationship is different to most people, not to mention I'm afraid of how people would react if I started dating someone because it's so out of character for me

Being autistic can definitely affect the way you view and feel about intimacy and relationships. We are more likely to process things differently from the majority of people we will encounter and this can make both intimacy and relationships more challenging, including, as you say, not understanding the “rules” of dating or having different priorities or ideals than the ones we may have grown up hearing about or that others seem to wish for.

Being hesitant to enter a relationship for fear of the judgement of others, however, would not fall under this.


anonymous asked:

could it be an autistic thing to essentially have issues with reality? like when i was little i used to get scared that my vision was wrong and my family was actually evil octopuses [im not sure why thats what my fear went with but i was terrified of it]. its not uncommon for me to think stuff like this now, except its evolved into thinking online conversations arent really with the people i think they are.

That isn’t an autism thing, that is called a delusion, which happens with psychotic disorders.

-Mod Birb

Questions and itaat

-Is it echolalia if i repeat things over and over in my head? And is it echolalia if I listen to the same song over and over again?

Repeating things in your head can be echolalia but listening to the same song many times is stimming.

-What are spoons and how do I use them? Can someone help?

Spoons are an abstract measure of the energy a disabled or chronically ill person has. This can be mental, emotional or physical energy. It’s a way of differentiating normal tiredness and tiredness related to the disability/illness. For example, “I’m too tired to go out” = I need an early night whereas “I don’t have the spoons to go out” = I can’t handle being around people rn/I’m dealing with physical or mental exhaustion

-(Not a feel) is it possible for a special interest to just be one character? I like the rest of the show too, just not in an SpIn way ~ 🍒🌟

Could be. Special interest can be basically anything.

- Question, is it an autistic thing to never feel comfortable around people your age growing up? Like, I couldn’t stand to be around more kids, and preferred being around old people? I don’t know.

It’s one of those things that isn’t explicitly an autism thing, but does seem fairly common, so it’s possible

-I’ve heard about autistic folk being more sensitive to medicines, I am more sensitive to some types and less sensitive to other types, itaat? 💚💊


- Hi! I’m non-binary, DMAB. I had a screening/test for autism at an early age, & never saw psychologists for autism again, don’t know why. It could be b/c my parents found I didn’t have it.. but I don’t have a good relationship w/ my parents & don’t have access to that info. On one side of the coin.. it could be them misunderstanding my extreme, gender nonconformity. On the other side, I was overcompensating so much to look like a boy I worry it got in the way of accurate test results. Thoughts?

I’d probably look into it again if you can, since you don’t actually know the results of the screening

Any other autistic people have trouble knowing what’s “common knowledge?” Like I’ll be rambling on and someone will stop me and say “what does that mean?” (Or worse they just nod; I can’t tell if you don’t get it or if you just don’t care)

I try to explain thing that I think may be lesser known, but they sometimes say “I know.” Is there a way alltistic people just know if someone knows something?

anonymous asked:

Is it an autism thing to be terrified at driving and hate how you have to sit and not be able to keep the same speed and not know distances or directions and such???

i know that lot’s of autistic people are scared of driving for those reasons

anonymous asked:

itaat to get like.. obsessed with numbers? not in the math sense but im constantly thinking about how much stuff is in my house and getting rid of it through use like my mom mom bulk buys body wash a lot and then i get kinda obsessed with using it all, not through wasting it but through taking showers and using it up as your meant to? i usually give it an Apocalyptic context bc its fun and then i just get obsessed over how much Food, how much Medicine, how everything would be Useful

Yes, I think it is! 

-Mod Birb


- Is it an autistic thing to be unable to pick up some smells, but hypersensitive to others? Like, I can never smell off-milk, I’m noseblind to that smell to the point I need a different test to determine if it is off, but I can’t stand the smell of most detergents, soaps or air-fresheners. ⚡🔥🌸

Being hypo- and hypersensitive to different sensations is a common autistic trait.

- Iiaat know more than one language but only go nonverbal in one language? Usually I’ll go nonverbal in English but continue to speak in Spanish to my sister, though only my sister, I can’t talk to anyone else. Are both of those an autism thing? Nonverbal in one language and going nonverbal with the exception of one person? 🔴☡

I think yes.

- iiaat to latch onto people? like when your friend group goes somewhere youll only go with them if/when that person goes, and you message them like constantly, and youll go to them for answers to all ur problems, and you sorta depend on them? like if theyre not in school youll have a second of ‘oheck i cant do today nope bye’. this sounds rlly weird now ive worded it lol -🐓🔇

I think that sounds like social anxiety of sorts. Don’t think it is an autistic trait, though? Correct me if I’m wrong.

- iaat to not be able to express most feelings without crying? Like, something should only be slightly upsetting but you end up crying a ocean and curling into a sad little ball. - 🥀👃🏾 (rose nose)

I don’t know, being very sensitive can be an autistic thing but I don’t think it is autism exclusive.

- Is it an autistic trait to not understand your dreams or not have dreams that make sense? Like who you are changes and so does your perspective and the entire plot? None of my friends have dreams like this so? Idk. Just a thought.

I don’t think so.

- is it normal to have hyperempathy for a specific group of people? like, i always experience hyperempathy with elderly people

There is no such thing as normal! Hyperempathy can be an autistic trait but it is also a thing on its own.

transgenerd  asked:

is this an autistic trait? i Cant do scales. like "on a scale of 1-10 how ____ are you ____?" is impossible for me. pain scales are so weird to me. today my doctor asked me on a scale of 1-10 how bad my acne is and i couldnt answer. thats not even something that requires knowing how youre feeling.

Yes, difficulty placing things on a scale is an autistic thing. It can be a result of executive dysfunction, but for me it’s also tied into logical and black and white thinking and having trouble knowing social things since those kinds of scales are pretty socially defined due to them being a way to communicate that’s based in abstract concepts.

I need clear definitions for what each number is, if I have that, I can easily place my pain on a scale of 1-10. Without it, well, I once put a ‘If I open my mouth to speak I will start crying and hyperventilating” on the verge of a panic attack at a 7.

I’ve found though that asking for examples of what each level would be can help a lot. If it’s something that can work as a yes/no thing, 1 is no, 10 is yes, and 5 would be in the middle. But, in that case, it’s important to convey that’s how you are using it since that’s not what it’s meant to be. (Idk how most of them are meant to be used, which again, trouble understanding implicit social things, but there is a pretty useful infographic in terms of using the scale for pain.

(I apologize I don’t know the source of the post where I found this scale, I saved the picture to print out and use as reference for myself a year or so ago because it didn’t just rely on the happy/frowny face things that I have trouble with.)

Basically: What Do The Numbers On The Scale Even Mean ??? is easily an autistic thing.

 - Os

pandaautistic-deactivated201807  asked:

Hi :) Is it an autistic thing to ignore/put off stuff because its too much to think about? I'm going on holiday next week and I haven't even thought about what I need to pack or such. I forget to do things and also avoid things because its too much. I mean there are some things I think would be executive dysfunction for sure but this is different than it. Any idea why I'm avoiding things? Is it that avoidant profile of autism ... maybe.

this is an autistic thing! avoiding thinking about things that are too overwhelming or hard is something i do a lot. it can be part of executive dysfunction, but also just processing things (i.e. this thing is too hard for me to process because there is too much of it, therefore i cant even think about it as a mode of self preservation)

this is also similar, but not the same, to something my autistic best friend and i call “aversions”, where for some reason you will not (or cannot) think about, nor interact with a certain thing. for example, i had to stop watching an old special interest (or hyperfixation) of mine halfway through a season because i went away. when i came back, i couldnt bring myself to finish the season. i couldn’t even think about it without feeling Bad™. not all instances of developed aversions play out exactly like that, but they’re when (even for no particular reason), suddenly you Have to Avoid something. it’s pretty common in autistic people, as far as im aware, and that’s why we named it autistic aversions

anonymous asked:

Iiaat that when I get home I have to take my socks off immediately or everything feels weird? Like if I take them off right when I get home I'm fine, but if I leave them on I can't take them off or I'm really uncomfortable and have to leave them on until I feel asleep.

It sounds like a part of your routine so it could definitely be an autism thing