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  3. What music are you currently listening to? Feel free to share a video of the song! I'm currently listening to: This song remix always makes me feel a bit happy when I hear it.
  4. Hi, I’m currently doing a course an Access course in Health and Health science. For our final project we need to base a report on a research question of our choice. I’ve decided to choose “Is stress in pregnancy linked to Autism”. We need to collect our own data so I’m putting a link to my questionnaire regarding this. I would love it if people wouldn’t mind coming forward and helping me with this. All information is held in confidence and the survey is anonymous. Thank you in advance....http://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WLLLY2Z
  5. Beatrice_Englikaner

    My mum has to leave me to go to South Africa... I don't know how I will cope

    Thanks, I have read the article you linked. I think my situation might come under "honour-based abuse". Because in addition to being autistic, I am also bisexual and nobody else in my family fits into both those categories (as far as I know). So my dad's behaviour towards me is probably motivated by the fact that I'm not living up to what he expects me to be.
  6. I'm not sure what is best to suggest to help, but I'm glad you can at least contact your mum through Skype. I hope conflict does not happen between you and your Dad, but if it does, you may have to call someone like the police or seek a refuge if you do not feel safe. If you have a girlfriend, is there any chance you could stay with them before it gets bad with your Dad? Helpful advice from Citizens Advice Bureau is here if you need more ideas. Best wishes.
  7. Social stories or story based supports are simple stories that can help you understand or remember appropriate behaviours and responses in social or other challenging situation by breaking down the situation into a more easily digested format. The idea is that you, a family member or friend puts a story together describing a specific situation with relevant cues, others perspectives and appropriate responses. Stories should be simple, with a few words or statements and can be accompanied with pictures if needed. Social stories are an evidence-based treatment that can be very useful in situations that you might find hard or struggle to understand and can help you scientifically learn unspoken social rules.
  8. That's where she originally came from, and her aunt who lives there is terminally ill. It is uncertain how long Mum will stay there for, but she needs to be there with her if and when she passes away. But I need her HERE. I can't go with her as I have a lot of commitments here. I have an important life event coming up that Mum will have to miss. She says that I still have Dad if I need help with anything, but whenever Mum is away he tends to be abusive and controlling, taking advantage of her absence. He was like that the last time she had to go to SA, when I was 14. (I am now 19.) It was partly brought on by a lesbian experience I was having at the time. He got violent, but there was no alcohol involved. I have no idea what will happen between us this time. It feels so much safer with Mum around, and I know I can always call her or Skype her, but it is never the same as physically having her here. The fact that she might have to stay in SA for an uncertain period of time makes it much worse, but obviously I am sending my great aunt all my best wishes. It's just really unfair that this has had to happen now. I rely on my parents for support instead of a social worker as I have not been considered to need one but I fear things are about to get out control and that I might just have a complete breakdown, and that I won't have Mum at my side to comfort me. How do I deal with this?
  9. Just thought that if any fellow autistic females weren't aware, Scottish Autism are running a course specifically for women and girls that I have found super informative and helpful to use. I heard that it will be free to access for a year so access it while you can. Once you've registered, you have two months to complete the course. I live in the UK and have been able to access it okay if anyone not in Scotland is wondering. You can find out more about it and register to access the help here: Women and Girls Online Support Quoted info from the page: Hope it helped! I love the song they sang btw. <3
  10. I think I spent most of it just watching the programmes and what not to educate myself. Even though I'm still waiting for my assessment, I still feel very lost and seeing all this awareness raising is really helpful for dealing with my lost feelings.
  11. World Autism Awareness Week was 26th March to 2nd April 2018 this year and I wondered what we all thought of the television programmes that popped up over this period to help raise awareness, especially in regard to women and girls with autism. I managed to catch the programme on Channel 4 called "Are You Autistic?" and thought it was very informative. I am so glad they let autistic people be involved directly with the programme's creation, going so far to let them even do some talking directly to the audience! If you missed it, it is available on Channel 4's streaming site here and it is available for 21 days from this post's date, then it will be unavailable (I assume). I heard from someone that there was also an ITV channel programme, but I am having trouble finding a way to watch it now I've missed it since it does not seem to be available on the ITV steaming site. Did anyone here see it? Was it any good? I do wonder if the person told me incorrectly and they meant any of these ITV news stories: Campaign to raise profile of autism in women and girls Autism in girls leaves families waiting years for help Do we need more schools for girls with autism? Probably not this interview, since the person I spoke to said it focused on females with autism, but still worth the share since it is a recent autism related story: Thanks to anyone who shares something I missed that I others can see. It's truly great to see a great effort this year to raising awareness, especially for females with autism.
  12. Buta

    Hi y'all

    Hello!!
  13. I am pleased to publish for autism awareness month our autism alert card! After many years of working in the area of autism and having a son with autism myself, I have met many people who have wanted a card like this. I know there are some out there but most cost or are not efficient. I did a poll on our twitter account recently as well and had an overwhelming response from everyone saying an alert card is useful. As a result, I have done my best to make our autism alert card as accessible as possible for free. Yes, others will give you plastic cards etc but what I am aiming at is DIY free and useful. Below you will find a PDF version where you can print a whole page of cards and then write your name and emergency contact details on. What I think many will find very useful is our autism alert card phone wallpaper! Yes, I have made a version of our card that is an image for phone wallpapers. Simply download the image here https://theautismforum.co.uk/autism-alert-card-wallpaper-taf.png then all you need to do is install an app which can write on photos, write your name and emergency contact details. Save the image again with those details and set as your phone's wallpaper and locks screen, or just save as an image to show as and when needed. NOTE: When printing the PDF version please make sure you print the page at actual size and don't shrink the page to fit which is often what pdf printing defaults too. Please feel free to share this post with anyone who might find it useful. autism-alert-card-taf.pdf
  14. Anthony

    Hi y'all

    Hi Buta
  15. Anthony

    Forum features and functions

    The q and a section looks like it could be quite any as time goes on and more people are using the forum but can see your point as questions could be asked anyway. So not sure if that section should be kept or not. Forum looks great to me well organised and simple. Can't stand forums that have hundreds of categories all over the place. I wonder though if we should have a recent topic stream above the forum categories? I know some like that and some prefer to browse via category. I like a recent topic fees as I can straight away see recent topics and posts and interact with them right way.
  16. Anthony

    The Forgotten History Of Autism

    Thanks for sharing this @Gavin very informative. Ted talks are great arn't they?!
  17. Anthony

    Siblings get stressed too..!

    Thanks @Buta yes my parents know and we all talk about things often. I just wanted to let others know really that they are not alone and I get stressed just as any other person would I guess. It is hard at times but I do believe I am a better person growing up with someone with autism.
  18. Gavin

    The Forgotten History Of Autism

    Want to learn a little more about Autism and the history of it and why there seem to be more people diagnosed with it these days??? Watch this great video!
  19. Buta

    How do you keep ontime?

    If I know I have something important to do, I keep a calendar, leave notes on my PC monitor, sometimes go so far to write down the directions to the place I need to go to after looking it up on google maps, and keep in mind a rough idea on the amount of time I need to get ready and get to the thing. If I'm really worried, I tend to allot myself more time in the plan which can work out quite well since it can mean being early, but most of the time I get there just in time I think. I feel like I'm racing the clock a lot of the time when I have to organise myself like that, or something.
  20. Buta

    Siblings get stressed too..!

    Does your mum know how you feel, @Anthony? Can you talk to her, or your father, about it? Hope so. Knowing they understand the effects on you will help a lot I imagine. I think it's quite normal for someone to need space, especially when you're stressed and/or frustrated. It sounds like you're doing your best and everyone has their limits. It's good that you are trying to look for ways to after yourself with everything going on in your family's life. Best wishes.
  21. Gavin

    Forum features and functions

    Hi all, just wanted to pop this here for anyone to reply to. As you may see at the moment the forum is a little quite. I hope over time we can all work together to bring this forum back to its former glory. Where we were the most popular forum in 2005. Even the NAS came to us asking about running a forum before they had theirs setup and before the soon to be closed autism connect😥. Sadly we lost our whole forum back then due to useless hosts! Anyway back to what I was going to post 🤣 I will be developing the forum over time to try an meet the needs of its users. If you have ideas and requests for functions etc please let me know here. That said please be aware I can not add everything requested, I have to balance forum performance and features. So for now thanks for being here. Please share the forum as much as you can with friends and others you think might be interested and contribute when you can. The more posts we have with good content, the more people will come read and reply. I am sure we will become the great forum we once we're again. 😁 I have as you may see added a dedicated Q and A section to the forum. At the moment this is just a trial I am not sure if we really need that section or not as people can pair questions anywhere really its just that section works more like a Q and A with voting for best answer etc. Let me know what you think about the Q and A section.
  22. Buta

    Art Therapy

    I'd love to try a proper art therapy session. I find even doing simple things like colouring in a picture therapeutic so I imagine I'd enjoy it a lot. Anyone who does get a chance to give it a go, hope you enjoy yourself and find it helpful.
  23. Gavin

    Hi y'all

    Yeah sadly most local authorities don't take on board private diagnosis. There isn't any law that says they can refuse them but they do and people often have a battle to get them to recognise a private diagnosis. It's ridiculous really.
  24. I don't think I could do police work. It'd stress me out way too much. I don't envy the people who do that kind of work; more power to them if they enjoy what they do!
  25. Buta

    Hi y'all

    Thanks for warm welcome. Yeah, it is a very sad state of affairs. Hopefully someday the process will be improved in future so people aren't left waiting as long as they are now. I have thought about going private instead, but I don't think that option's results are always trusted so I'm unsure about doing that. Will wait on the NHS for now I guess.
  26. Hi Maisy, It seems you missed the link. I have just added it for you. Saw this earlier today I can see where ethey are coming from but everyone is individual and sure it would suit some while others it might not.
  27. Gavin

    Hi y'all

    Hi @Buta welcome to the forum. Great to have you with us. Yep sadly the waiting lists for diagnosis seem to be similar everywhere. The waiting lists here are about 18-24 months.
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