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Old 07-29-2006, 04:42 AM   #1
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Do I have any kinda form of autism?

This might sound like a dumb question but I often wonder about myself at times. I'm just starting to find out things about autism and think I have some of the symptoms. I started noticing some symptoms when I was 14, but when I was younger I never seemed to have any symptoms at all. I am 18 right now.

I do have problems with speech and stutter a lot. I am very anti social and when I meet new people I stutter a lot worse which has even made many people think i'm mentally retarded or have something wrong with me. I want to be social and go out to places with friends but I just have this fear. I worry about what other people think of me a lot. I daydream almost everyday. I did have some trouble in school and always needed extra help even. My IQ is between 95-110. I sometimes chew on things like my shirt or even a straw. I don't know why it might just to be a bad habit. Also my little brother has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and I found out 40% people with it have autism. I don't have the disease but is it possible for me to still get some form of autism even if I don't have Muscular Dystrophy since my mother is a carrier of it.

Thank you,

James

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Old 07-29-2006, 07:24 AM   #2
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Re: Do I have any kinda form of autism?

James,

It sounds as though you may have social anxiety, something that often goes along with Asperger's.

I have read about the connection between Muscular Dystrophy and learning disorders, although I went to school with a boy who had DMD, and he was very intelligent with no sign of learning problems. He passed away two years ago at the age of 37, an advanced age for people with Duchenne's.

 
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Old 07-29-2006, 08:20 AM   #3
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Re: Do I have any kinda form of autism?

Thanks for writing. My son who is 11 chews on everything! I haven't found anybody verbal to ask this question to so I'm really glad you posted. All the other kids I have seen do this a re severely autistic and chew holes through their clothes. I have never been able to figure out how to help him stop. He chews of legos, anything rubber (like tires of toy cars he breaks off), straws, shirts sometimes, erasers, pencils, and even pieces of paper at school, and recently gum constantly. Is this a nervous habit or does his mouth crave stimulation or pressure on his gums or is it OCD? He has mild Autism and ADHD. His symptoms are much worse than yours in many other areas. He had severe developmental delays, didn't speak until almost 5, wasn't toilet trained until 6, still has trouble with fine motor (i.e. writing is very hard so the school lets him type a lot of his work), low muscle tone (terrible at all sports except swimming and very uncoordinated), act very babyish for his age and is 2 grades behind academically. He also has stomache problems for which he needs medicine. I don't think studdering or just social anxiety or even an IQ score like yours is Aspergers, but I'm not a doctor. You should definitely see the best Psychiatrist you can find and see if there is any medication you can get that may let you feel calmer and more secure around people or calm your studdering. Speech therapy might help too. Just talking to a social worker might get you some suggestions and help you understand yourself better. My son has been going for therapy for years and it gives him a lot of confidence. If you can help m,e understand my son I'd really appreciate it. I want to help him in any way I can. If I can tell you anything else, just ask. We're all in this together.

 
Old 07-29-2006, 08:22 AM   #4
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Re: Do I have any kinda form of autism?

Thanks for writing. My son who is 11 chews on everything! I haven't found anybody verbal to ask this question to so I'm really glad you posted. All the other kids I have seen do this are severely autistic and chew holes through their clothes. I have never been able to figure out how to help him stop. He chews of legos, anything rubber (like tires of toy cars he breaks off), straws, shirts sometimes, erasers, pencils, and even pieces of paper at school, and recently gum constantly. Is this a nervous habit or does his mouth crave stimulation or pressure on his gums or is it OCD? He has mild Autism and ADHD. His symptoms are much worse than yours in many other areas. He had severe developmental delays, didn't speak until almost 5, wasn't toilet trained until 6, still has trouble with fine motor (i.e. writing is very hard so the school lets him type a lot of his work), low muscle tone (terrible at all sports except swimming and very uncoordinated), act very babyish for his age and is 2 grades behind academically. He also has stomache problems for which he needs medicine. I don't think studdering or just social anxiety or even an IQ score like yours is Aspergers, but I'm not a doctor. You should definitely see the best Psychiatrist you can find and see if there is any medication you can get that may let you feel calmer and more secure around people or calm your studdering. Speech therapy might help too. Just talking to a social worker might get you some suggestions and help you understand yourself better. My son has been going for therapy for years and it gives him a lot of confidence. If you can help me understand my son I'd really appreciate it. I want to help him in any way I can. If I can tell you anything else, just ask. We're all in this together.

 
Old 07-29-2006, 02:56 PM   #5
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Re: Do I have any kinda form of autism?

I am starting to stop chewing on my shirt as it was getting embarrassing. It seemed like a nervous habit. Anytime I have a drink that has a straw, I do chew on it a lot though. I would chew on pencils and erasers when I was 6-12 maybe but notas often now I don't think I ever chewed on paper though. I started talking when I was 3. same as being toilet trained.Don't know if that is delayed or not. I had bad writing and needed help with writing in school, when I was 10, teachers offered that I do my work on a computer but I said no cause it made me feel different others and found in unfair to other kids. My writing is fine now but it took a while. As far as sports go I do consider myself good at hockey, specially being the goalie. I am from canada afterall. ISports that am terrible at at is basketball and I'm the not the greatest swimmer.

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James

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Old 07-29-2006, 07:17 PM   #6
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Re: Do I have any kinda form of autism?

it may be possible you have some sort of spectrum disorder and it might be something altogether different. the mind is a funny little thing that just loves to throw curve balls to anyone one who thinks they have mastered it

3 is some what delayed for speech. my husband didnt start talking until he was 3 and then he started talking in full sentences however you beat him on the toilet training... he didnt manage that until he was almost 5 with everything else that has gone on in his life and since we have been reading all we can on spectrum disorders because our son is severely autistic my husband has come to the conculsion that he might have aspergers as well (in fact everyone including his mother who was horrified at first at the idea of just her grandson having a spectrum disorder let alone her son has come to the conclusion mark has aspergers).

i dont have much to add except that 3 is slightly delayed for speech but fairly right on for toilet training especially for a boy. usually but not always if there are going to be noticable signs of autism/aspergers it would crop up earlier than 14 but the onset of puberty could escalate several disorders. it makes neurotypicalsunruly! it plays havoc with neuroAtypicals! but it puberty can make any minor problems come out full bloom for severl things like tourettes, bi-polar, autism as well, pretty much any neurological disorder you can think of. it could be that you just have an anxiety disorder (and i dont mean that i think that is easy and nothing to worry about but it is better than having a more difficult disorder that could further impede your life)
and your exposure to autism has made you hyper sensitive to anything that looks like autism in you.

as far as the chewing thing goes... you could try to put that into a more socially exceptable outlet. bubble gum if that works for you... the straw is more exceptable than your shirt thats for sure. if its a sensory thing (it could be sensory or a nervous tic or just ocd) try sour gum that might be more satisfying... might not. but just brain storm on some things you can keep on hand that you can chew on if you cant beat the urge that people arent going to look more than twice at if it is a texture thing and it HAS to be cloth and if you can not beat it maybe consider cutting a gum size piece of cloth that you can more easily hide if the need be... that i would use as a last resort though... eventually you will get caught and that might even look weirder than just chewing your shirt

and Gotitbad! my son is 5 and nonverbal and he has pica! oh joy i tell you but he also has issues with biting and chewing as well as consuming inedibles.
pica is phycological... if your son is consuming there might be some behavior training that can be done. neuro-perfectly-typicals get pica so that is not a symptom of autism but will probably require the same sort of treatment consistancy and redirection! our favorite words in Spectrum Land! but if it is just chewing it could be sensory or it could be habit. if it is sensory there is an entire thread about it Chewing on wood by Nanny4 i think that list all kinds of suggestions to help with that. your son's OT should have some suggestions... i am assuming he is OT from you description of his physical delays... my son is in OT and he is fairly well off. if you get OT through the school you still might be able to set up a consult with the OT for things you can do with him at home. there must be something they do as school for he to keep him from chewing so you might look to the next meeting for some tips on what works for them... then again they might just ignore it and try to work around it and if they do then they arent exactly doing the best by him either because that interferes with his ability to receive his education properly if he isnt on task when he needs to be. anyhow look the thread up... it might be helpful.

 
Old 07-29-2006, 08:08 PM   #7
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Re: Do I have any kinda form of autism?

Thanks for your responses. The OT told me to get rubbber tubing used in fish tanks for him to chew on at school. That works sometimes, but other times he finds things at his desk to use. Nobody has helped me find a way to help him stop and believe me I've asked a lot of exxperienced people. I will definitely check out the other thread.
James, to me your diagnosis isn't really as important as what issues are bothering you and what can be done to help you address them. Your insights were very helpful to me. Nobody should have to suffer without looking into treatment options in the year 2006 with so many medical advances. The people that have helped my kids the most had been Neurologists, Psychiatrists, social workers and other therapists who work with these issues all the time. You need to get help in finding the right people who understand your issues and can give you medicine or treatments to get you to be the best you can be!

 
Old 07-29-2006, 08:14 PM   #8
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Re: Do I have any kinda form of autism?

I forgot to address the pica. My son did have that at a young age (around 4), but since then all of his blood work is normal and he doesn't eat anything he chews on. Thanks for the thought though.

 
Old 07-30-2006, 07:08 AM   #9
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Re: Do I have any kinda form of autism?

I used to chew on pencils when I was a kid. That was a bad habit I wasn't proud of, as I wanted to keep everything I had in perfect condition. One of my cats puts his mouth on everything he shouldn't. I have read that pica is also a common condition with his breed. (Siamese)

 
Old 07-31-2006, 07:34 PM   #10
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Re: Do I have any kinda form of autism?

Considering onset of symptoms, it may not be autism at all. It sounds like though, a lot of anxiety and related symptoms.

SGH

 
Old 02-17-2008, 02:08 PM   #11
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Re: Do I have any kinda form of autism?

hi james,

certainly nobody other than a specialist can say for sure if you have an autistic spectrum disorder (should you decide to go that route - and believe me it is a long and tortuous one!). i would suggest that you find as much supporting information as you can and then have a chat with both your parents (about your developmental milestones) and then with your doctor who can then refer you to a specialist (you will need someone with experience with diagnosing ASD's, and there aren't many about!)

also, there is a lot of misinformation about around about autism and autistic spectrum disorders, but there is a great forum that you can visit and talk to others who are on the spectrum and find out more information and that is wrongplanet.net - definately one of my favourites (since i feel that i am mildly effected myself). good luck, i hope that you find out what you need to know.

regards, morchella

 
Old 02-17-2008, 05:40 PM   #12
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Re: Do I have any kinda form of autism?

I think you should get a psychological evaluation by someone who knows about autistic spectrum disorders and anxiety disorders. You may only have an anxiety disorder and it is dangerous to start reading up on other disorders and imagining you have the symptoms. As far as I'm aware (I'm not a professional but I do have a teaching degree hence have read a lot about autism spectrum disorders) stuttering is not a sign of autism. Lots of people have social anxiety and not autism, it can be caused by high levels of blood cortisol levels or even a result of your upbringing. I wouldn't diagnose yourself I'd see a psychologist who can see the big picture and help you with your social anxiety. Also - being 'bad at some sports' and having 'bad handwriting' doesn't make you autistic. Lots of NT kids have these issues.

 
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