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15 per session - Virtual OK

I will answer any reasonable questions you have about living with Asperger's Syndrome. This is a form of high functioning autism that affects each person differently. I spent much of my life believing I was a freak of nature because I could never fit in and could never quite understand why people reacted so strongly to me no matter what I did or said. I did not understand why I could not speak when upset, why I had trouble functioning in crowded places, or why I looked at the world in a fundamentally different way than other people.

Since autism was generally thought to be "a boy's syndrome", many females have fallen through the cracks over the past ~75 years since it was introduced to the world as a set of related social and emotional issues known as autism . As a result, we are seeing a surge of autism diagnoses in adult women. I was not diagnosed until age 28, and only then because I pulled a stack of research and demanded if a neurobehaviorialist could tell me whether I had autism. After listening to my experiences, she confirmed that my self-diagnosis was accurate. Since then, I've been working to deprogram myself from the detrimental behaviors and thought processes I'd adapted as a form of self preservation. It's an uphill battle, but my quality of life has vastly improved since I learned to accept myself as I am.

I started posting about my struggles and experiences in a blog on my website www.janetanfei.com, which has allowed me to share my thoughts, concerns, and ideas with others. I have met many new people as a result of actually speaking honestly and openly about what it is like to live as a female with autism. I have also been contacted by many parents or caretakers who suspect their child has a form of autism.

This conversation may include but is not limited to:

~ Diagnosis of autism in females.
~ Life as an adult with high functioning autism.
~ Experiences in therapy.
~ Experiences in the workplace.
~ Conversation about your case of suspected autism.
~ Suggestions for how to talk to and deal with young and adolescent girls on the high functioning autism spectrum.
~ Direct conversation and suggestions for people who are struggling with social interactions.
~ Any topic on which you need to hear an unbiased but informed perspective.

We can talk via message, email, text, Skype, Slack, Hangouts, or FB Messenger. I am fine with text-only chats or video chats, even a mix of the two if we have multiple sessions. Start a conversation and we'll talk away!

Training & Qualifications


I am a female diagnosed with High Functioning Autism most closely aligned with Asperger's Syndrome. I worked as a Licensed Psychiatric Technician in the state of California, and can also give you first hand knowledge of active treatment.

Availability & Preferences


Flexible!

Trading Preference: I’m flexible, just hit me up!

Reviews of Jane


Adam received package of Logo Design from Jane
May 27, 2017
Thank you, the design looked great!
Aleksa received package of Logo Design from Jane
May 18, 2017
Jane is amazing as always with her logos
Aleksa received package of Logo Design from Jane
May 17, 2017
Jane is an incredible designer. She takes your ideas and adds her skillful flavor to the mix to make one heck of a logo for you!
Mike received session of Candid & Unbiased Advice / Opinion from Jane
Apr 30, 2017
Jane gave me an awesome idea for one of my projects. Really awesome person. Thanks!
Richard received session of Candid & Unbiased Advice / Opinion from Jane
Apr 18, 2017
Jane gave thoughtful, helpful, advice. Now I just need to get my butt in gear and do something about my problem! 10/10
Nia received session of Candid & Unbiased Advice / Opinion from Jane
Apr 16, 2017
Jane is beyond awesome!! She gave me some excellent suggestions, which I intend to put to good use. Painless deal!
Josh received Help with a photo of a hand written note from Jane
Apr 11, 2017
Awesome :0)
Nick received Help with Share something that inspires you! from Jane
Apr 11, 2017
Jane shared a really awesome poem, that I'm going to need to sit with for awhile to really absorb!! Great interaction!

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About Jane Tanfei

I am a web designer & developer, farmer, and musician from the Pacific Northwest USA. I enjoy creating something from nothing, and I'd like to share that with you! I absolutely love the idea of a bart...er system, and I believe that trade of services is something that helps everybody involved. I spend a lot of time creating handicrafts because I have an insatiable passion for creating and making new things on a daily basis. I currently spend a lot of time knitting or crocheting, making jewelry, designing and producing screenprinted t-shirts, working in gardens, sewing, and writing new songs. I've been a musical person all my life. I started out playing tunes on a toy melodica and pull-along xylophone, singing and playing along to tapes and radio music. I am now a multi-instrumentalist - clarinet, trumpet, flute, piano, saxophone, percussion, marimba/xylophone, melodica, ukelele, guitar, mandolin, and banjo. I currently play banjo in a folk band - www.thetouristunion.com - and occasionally play my own songs live on guitar at local open mics. I am an excellent whistler, always have a song in my mind, and tend to hum my way through days. I'm not sure whether other people hear this or not. ;) I am currently learning Swedish because I would like to eventually live on a boat off the coasts of Scandinavia. My plan is to have a moor and cottage in Sweden, but sail around Europe at will. I have a talent for learning languages, which has led to me becoming a polyglot. Aside from English, I am fluent or semi-fluent in Swedish, French, Ancient Greek, Latin, and Spanish. I have months of practice in other languages (Esperanto, Russian, Mandarin, Tagalog, Gaelic), but my skills are quite rusty because I don't use the skills! I have an interest in studying and learning from other cultures. As a result, I enjoy traveling and wandering around the world to see what I can find. I often go on local excursions to find historical sites to photograph. Bottom line, I have a lot of fun finding new adventures in every day. I'm looking forward to meeting you and sharing an adventure!show more

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