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Placental Abruption – Part of My Autism Profile

Premature 1Placental Abruption 

This a personal account of these issues, my development and my autism profile.

My mother and I where both in distress during her pregnancy – I was born premature and was born via cesarean section  and my Mother suffered heavy bleeding as a result of what is called placental abruption.

“Placental abruption happens when there is bleeding behind the placenta, between the placenta and the wall of the uterus (womb). This may be just a small amount of bleeding. But if you have a large amount of bleeding, the placenta may partially or completely separate from the lining of your uterus before your baby is born.”

Left Hemisphere Brain Injury & Oxygen Deprivation (Hypoxia) 

“25% of babies who experience hypoxic/anoxic injuries at the time of labor will have permanent neurological problems.”

© 2014 Birth Injury Justice.org by Becker Law Firm, L.P.A. All rights reserved.

Aspects Of My Birth 

My Autism profile consists of many speech, language, perceptual and developmental delays  which includes

  • Speech Delay (non-verbal 5 year approx with speech regression)
  • Motor Coordination Delays (crawled with one arm and didn’t start walking until 18 months old)
  • Language Delay (gained functional speech between the ages 7/8 years is that of a 3 year old developmentally)
  • Learning Difficulties (dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia)
  • “Mild” Learning Disability
  • Visual Agnosias (simultagnosia, semantic agnosia, prosopagnosia, visual-verbal agnosia)
  • Auditory Agnosias (pure auditory agnosia, verbal auditory agnosia, receptive and expressive aphasia)
  • Body Agnosias (finger agnosia and visual-spatial dysgnosia)
  • Hemispatial Neglect (related to brain injury, left-handedness, left-right confusion related to Gerstmann Syndrome)

Genetics

They also come into play because there are such things as genetic based agnosias, processing issues and learning difficulties which can be passed down from generations to generation (although the fashion in which this is done is highly variable) the cross over with other profiles seems to be there and commonalities are present in some of the conditions such as

This However Doesn’t Affect My Character or Personhood

Every person is on a journey of self discovery and revelation this doesn’t make me feel sad nor isolated in anyway quite the opposite I’m still “Paul” and all that in entails these aspects of discovery are the trajectory of my development, my learning, my language, my visual processing etc. They are apart of me but don’t ultimately define – I’m still creative, eager to learn, eager to live and with the set of cards I have been dealt I will use them ultimately to the best of my abilities. Hope springs eternal. :-)

Special Thanks to Donna Williams & Dr Manuel Casanova

Paul Isaacs Adult with Autism 2014


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Studies in the Differences Between Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and Profile Diversity

Can Asperger syndrome be distinguished from autism? An anatomic likelihood meta-analysis of MRI studies

November 2011 – Read Full Article

Kevin K. Yu, BSc,* Charlton Cheung, PhD,* Siew E. Chua, BM BCh, and Gráinne M. McAlonan, MBBS, PhD

 Conclusion

“Whereas grey matter differences in people with Asperger syndrome compared with controls are sparser than those reported in studies of people with autism, the distribution and direction of differences in each category are distinctive.”

 Breakdown of Differences

Autism
 
 
Right Uncus (Ataxis, Motor Skills, Aphasia Receptive and Expressive)
 
 
Middle Temporal Gyrus (Aphasia, Alexia, Writing and Comprehending Words, Visual-Verbal Agnosia)
 
Frontal Lobe (Executive Functioning)
 
Temporal Lobe (indicating Left Hemisphere Neglect,  Language Aphasia, Auditory agnosias, Visual agnosias and Hemispatial neglect)
 
Aspergers
 
 
Hippocampus (Spacial Awareness - Dyspraxia)
 
Prefontal Cortex/Lobe (Executive Functioning)
 
Lingual Gyrus (Logical Processing of Language – Visual Thought, Literal Thinking/Processing)
 
 
Donna Williams 2011Aspinauts – Mix of Both Profiles
 
This is a term coined by Donna Williams to explain a person’s profile which has both aspects and presentations of Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. This is a very important point to make as it further indicates the diversity within the presentations of autism.
 
Moving Forward
 
This is very important to see, understand ans process the important differences between Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and people who have a mixture of both. As a person with Autism (as opposed to AS) and a Learning Disability this is very important for me on a personal level also – it helps me understand myself. Hopefully this will help others in the process to empower and educate. :-)
 
Paul Big Legs
 
Paul Isaacs
 
Adult with Autism 2014
 
 

 

 
 


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Autism – Conscious Negative Behaviour, Social Mistakes, Meltdowns & Shutdowns

OVERVIEW

This is from a personal observational perspective and the reasons/contexts stated are of many different scenarios 

Autism Is Not An Excuse For Genuine Bad Behaviour 

Autism is not an excuse for genuine bad behaviour – Imagine a circumstance where a person said I have “non-spectrum syndrome” and that is the reason why I did it, that would be appalling, equally so if a person on the spectrum used their Autism for genuine misconduct that would be to.

Equality comes from not only having good things happen in your life but also accepting and taking responsibility in other areas of life too.

Social Mistakes Vs Conscious Negative Behaviours

It is the context – where the behaviour comes from if it comes from for example sensory overload, sensory processing, language processing and metabolic pain with no conscious want and or intent to harm others such as meltdowns and shutdowns.

Sensory overload. processing and agnosias can be seen as “bad” behaviours even if the trajectory isn’t.

Conscious Negative Behaviours 

If the behaviour comes from  a conscious to place to hurt and or harm either emotionally or physically (or both) then it’s coming from a different place altogether the intentions, reasons and contexts are completely different to ones stated above.

Sometimes it is hard to know which place and a bit of detective work is needed.

Paul Isaacs Adult With Autism 2014


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Good Karma

Quinn and IOVERVIEW

Good Karma/Energy 

I’m was thinking about the aspect of good energy in the world and how it can be put into balance and used in a positive and productive way – good energy is promoted by good actions, good deeds, a sense of morality,empathy, honesty and sense of being with an equal sense of open – mindedness to others realities, identities, opinions, abilities, cultures, gender and sexuality.

Bad Karma/Energy 

To talk, extract and divert to bad/negative energy can cause imbalance to ones self and other people around this energy much like a pebble being thrown a calm pound the ripples go outwards on impact the reality of this can be devastating to the people who come into contact with this energy in various different contexts. The person must accept that though actions of this nature comes consequences.

“Modern” Society 

The growing trend seems to be I don’t want to take responsibility for my actions in today’s society it seems odd that we have created man-made boundaries that we either run away from, divert or attack.

What has happened to sitting down and talking, understanding and empathizing? Going back to this ideals would be a start. 

Now as a man is like this or like that,
according as he acts and according as he behaves, so will he be;
a man of good acts will become good, a man of bad acts, bad;
he becomes pure by pure deeds, bad by bad deeds;

And here they say that a person consists of desires,
and as is his desire, so is his will;
and as is his will, so is his deed;
and whatever deed he does, that he will reap.

Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, 7th Century BC

Paul Isaacs Adult With Autism 2014


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Family Members, Emotional Fallout’s & Positive Strategies For The Future

Mum and Dad 2005“I live with the fallout of people’s actions and cruel words towards Paul, and I suffer as much as Paul because of their insensitivity. All Paul wants to do is help others, but I find when he needs help professionals don’t want to know. I feel so upset.”

I feel that as a family we are close, we always have been my Father and Mother as I have documented in this blog, my books and speeches have been empowering to both my development and confidence over years They never over-protected me, molly coddled me or babied me they gave me rules, contexts and tools for life. Hence why my first job was 15 years they knew I would only learn from practice not just theory. 

Mum & Dad Bournmouth 2000sMy Mum’s worries as a family member come from two angles firstly the problem with over-projecting one’s point (to the point of emotional insensitivity) not acknowledging the fallout of a person’s words creating a ripple effect and second is the promises that my Mum was given many years ago haven’t been fulfilled – however as a family unit we talk and think of strategies to move forward and carry one within a positive framework not matter what negativity comes our way.

Paul Isaacs Adult With Autism 2014 


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To Be, The Autism “”World” & Doing Things For The Right Reasons

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“If a minority culture doesn’t accept you as much as majority culture, think about following a path of non-conformity”

“The “Autism World” needs to change a lot I have had more lets downs in that world, (there are thankfully diamonds within the rough) than I have in “Mainstream Land” if a world is going to be more diverse then looking at all personal realities would certainly be a viable start.”

“I may not be the smartest but I know why i what I do – to empower others – sometimes to over intellectualise means you get further away from the source of why you do things.”

“People have physically and mentally walked away from me for telling the truth at times in my life – what makes me question this how people flock towards liars”

Paul Isaacs Adult With Autism 2014 


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Reflections On Life & Actions

Lindsay Meetup 2014 Hi-Def10“Egotism is the lost resort for a person who holds his or hers opinions above anybody else’s.”

“Some people apparently like to keep their enemies close, then act surprised when the metaphorical knife is in their back. That’s like a turkey convincing itself that it will be alive through to Boxing Day.”

“Never trust a person whose smile doesn’t reach their eyes, chances are they do similar thing when they “cry” – Just be sure you have that OSCAR ready next time they do this  ;-)”

“To self-righteously project without a thought of listening is a form of constant selfishness”

“Remember to project victim-hood and to be victimised are two different paths to go down one is to project constant self pity this other is an acknowledgment of trauma”

Paul Isaacs Adult With Autism 2014

 

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