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Welcome to Talk about Autism - the UK's largest online autism community!

Our community is a safe space, which provides an invaluable source of peer support. Members can post questions, provide information and share experiences with those who have first-hand experience or a deep connection with autism. This community is not a help or crisis service.

This community is moderated by a small team of Ambitious about Autism staff during office hours, Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm. It is not moderated outside of office hours. This includes evenings, weekends and bank holidays.

Our community guidelines were last updated in April 2020. If you’re an existing or new member of Talk about Autism, please take a few moments to read about how you can get the most from being part of our community.

Talk about Autism was created in partnership with TalkTalk.

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Hilja's picture

Struggling to cope with my adult son

Thu 16 Jan 2020 3:57pm

I am new to this site and have been advised to maybe try chatting with people who know my struggles.  I am a single parent to my son Jack who is 21, he has high functioning autism which was diagnosed when he was sectioned at 15. He suffers from social anxiety too and rarely leaves house without me, he self harms and has had 4 suicide attempts, the last one a couple of months. I am struggling to deal with him as he can be very verbally abusive, the more anxious he gets the worse it becomes....

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Safe on social media

Mon 06 Jan 2020 6:43pm

Hello, my son is 16 and is high functioning ASD. Like all teenagers he is keen to find a girlfriend. As it’s easier for him to talk online, he often approaches girls, mostly totally appropriately, but his judgement worries me. He’s kind, but might not be aware if he is coming across as too keen, or worst case a bit OTT or insistent! This worries me, but as a 50 year old parent I’m well aware that I’m out of touch with what kids do now online anyway.

I do talk openly with him, but...

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Best wishes for the festive season

Thu 19 Dec 2019 6:52pm

The team at Ambitious about Autism wish all our Talk about Autism Community members all the best for the festive season and a happy and healthy 2020. Some of you will see our most recent Include Autism this Christmas campaign on our website and social media. Please do share these resources with friends and colleagues if you wish.

Ambitious about Autism will be closed for the holidays from 24 December until 2...

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Research on Autism in the Media

Tue 17 Dec 2019 2:30pm

Hi everyone,

My name is Ellen and I am new to this community. Currently I live in Pittsburgh, US but I have spent a significant amount of time in the UK because my husband is from there. Together we have a son, Landric, who is 5 years old. At age 3, he was diagnosed with Sotos Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder, and PDD-NOS.

I am graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh. When my son was diagnosed, I became interested in autism, especially in how the media portrays it. I...

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Toilet trained at 20 months now wets himself everyday nearly 5.

Mon 09 Dec 2019 9:40pm

This is my first post and would really appreciate any advice. My son was highlighted by his school in September as being ASD. It was a complete shock although I then came to wonder how I didn't figure it out myself. Partly think it's because whatever is going on with him is regressive. Suddenly sensory issues at school, never had them before. Now wets himself daily despite being toilet trained very easily before 2. I'm worried I'll have to give up my job if he doesn't stop, to go up to the...

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