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That made me feel better.

Posted by on Nov. 6, 2013 at 10:25 AM
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So I was doing my Big Bang Theory catch up last night while nursing my 4 month old and I am not sure if it was last weeks or the week before's episode but I made me cry.

So anyone who watches Big Bang Threory knows that Sheldon is autistic. Well this episode was about him disappearing every work day from 2:45p-3:05p. Raj and Howard wanted to know so badly what he was doing. Yadda Yadda Yadda. 

In the next to last scene Sheldon describes how after a long day of pretending to understand sarcasm, pretend to be interested in other peoples life's, and not getting to talk about trains enough he needs 20 minutes every day to get his brain back together. 

I find it even more interesting to see what the great Dr. Sheldon Cooper form of stimming is. Playing hacky sac. 

 I literally cried right there. 

I am sorry. I just had to share.

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Jaces_mom2512
by Ashley on Nov. 6, 2013 at 11:27 AM

did not know he was autistic!

puertoricangeek
by on Nov. 6, 2013 at 12:07 PM
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They don't say it but with the running joke of "I'm not crazy. My mother had me tested" and the episode where she comes to town and says, "No I had him tested. I rally should have followed up with that specialist in Houston" clarifies it. 

He shows so many of the characteristics, He may be labeled more towards Aspers, but he is ASD. 

Has to follow a strict routine. Very forced social interaction, does not get sarcasm, has problems understanding facial expressions, tones of voice and emotions. Has outrageous mathematical and scientific skills. That is all that I can think of at this moment. I actually am in love with this show and it gives me a better outlook on my sons future. I know he most likely will not be a Dr. Sheldon Cooper, but he has an opportunity. I know it probably sounds stupid but it gives me hope.

Quoting Jaces_mom2512:

did not know he was autistic!


Phylis419
by on Nov. 6, 2013 at 6:24 PM

 Yes, I watched and thought I loved the way the wrote that out. I completely understood his feeling. :-)

Quoting puertoricangeek:

So I was doing my Big Bang Theory catch up last night while nursing my 4 month old and I am not sure if it was last weeks or the week before's episode but I made me cry.

So anyone who watches Big Bang Threory knows that Sheldon is autistic. Well this episode was about him disappearing every work day from 2:45p-3:05p. Raj and Howard wanted to know so badly what he was doing. Yadda Yadda Yadda. 

In the next to last scene Sheldon describes how after a long day of pretending to understand sarcasm, pretend to be interested in other peoples life's, and not getting to talk about trains enough he needs 20 minutes every day to get his brain back together. 

I find it even more interesting to see what the great Dr. Sheldon Cooper form of stimming is. Playing hacky sac. 

 I literally cried right there. 

I am sorry. I just had to share.

 

lancet98
by Bronze Member on Nov. 6, 2013 at 6:33 PM

 

The Sheldon Cooper character is not autistic - he says over and over that he was tested as a child and he does not have any diagnosis.   He is simply his own sort of person. 

There are things that may remind the audience of autism - restricted interests, disinterest in people, not understanding a lot of social rules, but the character is not autistic.   Stated rather frequently.

The whole idea of the show is that people who are in to the sciences may seem autistic to some people, but that these people are not autistic, they're just - nerds, geeks, whatever people call them.   They are interested in science, socially inept, etc.  

Personally I find that whole concept tiresome and abhorrent.   All they are doing is driving young people arway from a science education.   In fact the people I know in the sciences are not at all awkward or socially inept nor do they have restricted interests.   The sciences professors I've har were very charming and engaging and there was nothing inept about them - they had very wide interests and were immensely fun to be around.

What I would prefer is for TV writers to drop the stereotypes and everyone - autistic or nerd or whatever, be accepted and be happy in who they are.

I'm sorry that the show made you sad, but your heart is in the right place.    I think part of being with autistic people means dropping regrets about what they cannot be and being happy about what they can be, which is a lot.

Quoting puertoricangeek:

So I was doing my Big Bang Theory catch up last night while nursing my 4 month old and I am not sure if it was last weeks or the week before's episode but I made me cry.

So anyone who watches Big Bang Threory knows that Sheldon is autistic. Well this episode was about him disappearing every work day from 2:45p-3:05p. Raj and Howard wanted to know so badly what he was doing. Yadda Yadda Yadda. 

In the next to last scene Sheldon describes how after a long day of pretending to understand sarcasm, pretend to be interested in other peoples life's, and not getting to talk about trains enough he needs 20 minutes every day to get his brain back together. 

I find it even more interesting to see what the great Dr. Sheldon Cooper form of stimming is. Playing hacky sac. 

 I literally cried right there. 

I am sorry. I just had to share.

 

 

maciymommieof3
by on Nov. 6, 2013 at 6:34 PM

don't watch it..but heard good things about it.

robmommom
by Member on Nov. 6, 2013 at 7:50 PM
I have watched from first episode, when I can't sleep I watch re-runs, love the show \ character, if he is or not on the spectrum, love the show, I don't believe there is any harm with the writers, I thinkis a great show that young people are watching, & is bringing awareness that some people are just different, but yet human & lovable, we needed a show like that to show people is ok to be different, & accept people who are ;)
Lydlou02
by Member on Nov. 6, 2013 at 8:01 PM
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He is a stereotype caricature of an Aspie. They did that on purpose.

Quoting lancet98:

 


The Sheldon Cooper character is not autistic - he says over and over that he was tested as a child and he does not have any diagnosis.   He is simply his own sort of person. 


There are things that may remind the audience of autism - restricted interests, disinterest in people, not understanding a lot of social rules, but the character is not autistic.   Stated rather frequently.


The whole idea of the show is that people who are in to the sciences may seem autistic to some people, but that these people are not autistic, they're just - nerds, geeks, whatever people call them.   They are interested in science, socially inept, etc.  


Personally I find that whole concept tiresome and abhorrent.   All they are doing is driving young people arway from a science education.   In fact the people I know in the sciences are not at all awkward or socially inept nor do they have restricted interests.   The sciences professors I've har were very charming and engaging and there was nothing inept about them - they had very wide interests and were immensely fun to be around.


What I would prefer is for TV writers to drop the stereotypes and everyone - autistic or nerd or whatever, be accepted and be happy in who they are.


I'm sorry that the show made you sad, but your heart is in the right place.    I think part of being with autistic people means dropping regrets about what they cannot be and being happy about what they can be, which is a lot.


Quoting puertoricangeek:


So I was doing my Big Bang Theory catch up last night while nursing my 4 month old and I am not sure if it was last weeks or the week before's episode but I made me cry.


So anyone who watches Big Bang Threory knows that Sheldon is autistic. Well this episode was about him disappearing every work day from 2:45p-3:05p. Raj and Howard wanted to know so badly what he was doing. Yadda Yadda Yadda. 


In the next to last scene Sheldon describes how after a long day of pretending to understand sarcasm, pretend to be interested in other peoples life's, and not getting to talk about trains enough he needs 20 minutes every day to get his brain back together. 


I find it even more interesting to see what the great Dr. Sheldon Cooper form of stimming is. Playing hacky sac. 


 I literally cried right there. 


I am sorry. I just had to share.


 


 

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SamMom912
by Gold Member on Nov. 6, 2013 at 8:17 PM

Asperger syndrome

Some viewers have asserted that Sheldon's behavior is consistent with Asperger syndrome.[4][6][61][62] The writers have stated that they did not use Asperger syndrome as a basis for the character, but instead thought of his actions as "Sheldony".[61] Series co-creator Bill Prady stated: "We write the character as the character. A lot of people see various things in him and make the connections. Our feeling is that Sheldon's mother never got a diagnosis, so we don't have one".[16] Prady also told Alan Sepinwell of the New Jersey Star-Ledger that while Sheldon shares traits with people with Asperger's, he was uncomfortable labeling Sheldon as having Asperger's.[63]

In an interview, Jim Parsons noted the writers' response, but added that, in his opinion, Sheldon "couldn't display more traits" of Asperger's.[61][64] Parsons, who plays Sheldon, has read John Elder Robison's memoir Look Me in the Eye about his life with Asperger syndrome, and said that: "A majority of what I read in that book touched on aspects of Sheldon". He also stated that "the way [Sheldon's] brain works, it's so focused on the intellectual topics at hand that thinking he's autistic is an easy leap for people watching the show to make".[65]

The character of Sheldon Cooper was inspired by a computer programmer whom series co-creator Bill Prady knew.[7] He is named in honor of actor/producer Sheldon Leonard[8] and Nobel Prize Laureate Leon Cooper.[9] Chuck Lorre originally intendedJohnny Galecki to play the role, but Galecki thought he would be "better suited" for the character of Leonard.[10] Lorre said that when Jim Parsons auditioned for the role, he was "so startlingly good" that he was asked to reaudition "to make sure he hadn't gotten lucky".[11]


Homeschoolmom99
by Bronze Member on Nov. 6, 2013 at 9:55 PM

I love that show and frankly I think each of them is on the spectrum! BTW The guy who plays Sheldon is aspie! My cousin works at WB and we got to meet the cast four years ago it was like an Autism conference!

I think Sheldon is classic autism like Kim Peaks (Real rain man) He has to have a routine and knows trivia no one knows classic "robot autism"

Amy is on the cusp of Autism and OCD why she fits SSheldon 

Leonard is HFA or High Aspgergers syndrome I think his mother helped him more then he would care to addmit

Howard falls somewhere just not sure where more like PPD-NOS

Raj OMG poor Raj could be low autism BUT with his friends he is really learning how to "fake it" Then he will have a moment like with the boss and we go "YEP THERE IS AUTISM"

Bernadette is Aspie quite smart but like many females on the spectrum has learned to adapt cause we get under diagnosed quite often

Penny is classic ADHD with some aspie as well she sees a squirrel and off she goes but has her own quirks

The comic book guy is like Raj he so so wants to fit in just not sure how he can but clings onto the gang as much as he can!

Heck the girl Raj had for a hot minute was so classic autism mousy it was kinda sad!

TheJerseyGirl
by Michele on Nov. 7, 2013 at 6:14 AM

 Awww....my DS watches that show. I need to start watching too now I guess!

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