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Autism & Prosopagnosia – How I Remember People

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Many people on the Autism Spectrum have Prosopagnosia (Face Blindness)  and here are some examples  of how I remember people at conferences and people close to me.

Dad and I Butlins 1991

OVERVIEW

I have Prosopagnosia (Faceblindness) and Visual Fragmentation issues Visual agnosias (Object Blindness & Meaning Blindness)  as apart of my Autism Fruit and I have no visual memory like fellow Autistic Donna Williams two people let me touch their faces (so I could have a “blueprint” and kinesthetic memory) which was very moving to me because I can “remember/connect” with them through touching them. I do not remember or process faces by looking at them the information is too complicated, so remember when an autistic wants to touch a face they may be face-blind a need to get sense of who you are. 

NATIONAL AUTISTIC SOCIETY EVENT

I remember people generally by their voice and pick up basic movements also. this is a common feature in people with visual agnosias. I recently meet someone  today in a shop and remember them by the “patterns” of their movement and then by their voice. The face however is far to9 fragmented to comprehend.

I asked a lady on Facebook who she is and the context of where we are connected

I remembered another lady on the spectrum by her voice (a common thing people do with Visual agnosias)

I noticed  a person’s Lanyard and repeated his name externally (phonics/sounds) (I remembered the name on Facebook) and made the connection.

As I was calm during this event recognised two people by “sensing” this is beyond visual or auditory stimuli or semantic recognition this is “energy” which we all emit that I was picking up this can happen with me too.

Paul Isaacs Adult with Autism 2014

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Author: Paul Isaacs

Paul was branded as a “naughty & difficult child” at school. He was classically autistic and non-verbal due to speech articulation difficulties. He had complex sensory issues and appeared both deaf and blind. He gained functional speech around the age of 7 or 8 years old. He went through the mainstream school system with no additional help or recognition of his autism. Consequently, he did not achieve his academic or his social potential and had very low self-esteem. At age 11, Paul was referred to the children’s mental health service with childhood depression where he was regarded as “developmentally underage” and having speech problems. As an adult, Paul had a string of unsuccessful jobs, and his mental health suffered. He developed both Borderline and Schizotypal Personality Disorders in early 2007. He was referred to mental health services and misdiagnosed with “Asperger traits with a complex personality”, which did not satisfy Paul or his family. A local autism organisation put Paul in touch with an experienced psychiatrist, who diagnosed him with Autism at 24 years old. In 2012 Paul was also diagnosed with Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome by an Irlen Consultant who confirmed that he also had face, object and meaning blindness – conditions which Paul describes eloquently in his speeches and training sessions. He also has dyslexia, dyscalculia and also a dissociative disorder. Having started working as an local autism organisation as a public speaker in 2010, Paul joined their mission to promote autism awareness. His hope is that others will not have to suffer as he did. Now also a core member of our Training Team, Paul continues to enhance true understanding of autism at every opportunity. Paul has released and published 5 books on the subject of autism published by Chipmunka publishing and has contributed to other books too. Having overcome many challenges to achieve the success that he now enjoys, Paul’s message is that Autism is a complex mix of ability and disability. He firmly believes that every Autistic person should have the opportunity to reach their potential and be regarded as a valued member of society. Apart from autism related blogs Paul also write about movies, fashion, art and anything that is of interest. As of August 2015 Paul now works as a freelance speaker, training and consultant in and around the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire area. If you are interested please contact him via email at staypuft12@yahoo.co.uk

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  1. Pingback: If I Wasn’t A Person First Then What Would I be? | Paul Isaacs' Blog

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