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Re: Good sensory defensiveness book Poet

Posted by thuso on October 10, 2005, at 20:50:02

In reply to Re: Good sensory defensiveness book thuso, posted by Poet on October 10, 2005, at 19:17:25

> My T has never thought that my aversion to being touched was that I really had an intense need to be touched. She always thought that it was because as a little kid I wanted to be held and wasn't so grown me puts up barriers. I think that one makes more sense.
> Let me know what your T says.

I know that neither of those apply to me. My major aversion to being touched definitely has nothing to do with wanting to be held as a kid, but wasn't. My mom is a very touchy-feeling person, so getting touched and hugged would have been no problem. Even to this day I automatically squirm away when she tries to do anything physical. If I'm not expecting and prepared to be touched, I get horrible chills up my back and have to take at least a few steps away. From high school through college, whenever anyone would come towards me to give me a hug I would jump up in the air and jump backwards like I was being attacked. It must have been the funniest thing in the world to see. People would laugh at me all the time. :-P It seems to run in my family, so it must have something to do with my genes and how my brain is wired.

> Hi Thuso,
> I'm going to see if the library has the book. The Asperger's book that Dr. Clueless recommended (photocopied a chapter for me) is aimed at kids, too. My T is reading it and is going to lend it to me when she is done.
> Poet

What book did the Dr. recommend? Yeah, most AS related books are aimed at kids. It's only very recently that adults with AS have gotten any attention. There are books out there though. And you might want to do some searches online to read people's personal stories. That might be a better indicator to whether or not you really have AS. When the pdoc I worked for told me he was sure I had some degree of AS, I thought "no way!" But it's hard to argue with a pdoc who is one of the top autism child pdocs in the country, so I started reading other people's stories. Some I found were definitely not me, but those on the very high end (who can pass as a non-AS person) were extremely like me. Do all the reading and research you can before coming to any conclusions. I can tell you about my experience with this diagnosis if you want. I'm still getting used to the idea myself.




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