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Autism from the inside

Asperger’s, Autism, Empathy & Alexithymia

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Gramp 2011

Gramp 2011


Different profiles Aspie/Autie profiles example My Gramp who has AS has Social-Emotional Agnosia (body language blindness) to higher degree this means this emotions are internal (not seen) but are very much present within him, he just doesn’t use the same body language to convey his emotions, he has Alexithymia so is not experience this emotions in “real-time”. He feels an internal in intensity. He does like to help others and is very empathic.


Paul 13 Years old

Paul 13 Years old

I have Autism I have Visual agnosias but focus on the voice of the person because of visual fragmentation do use my body language  differently as a result, I try my best to give that person advice, comfort and need (just like my Gramp) in a more animated manner. I have Alexithymia and emotions are external to “me and my body” that means it is the other way round emotions come into my consciousness sometimes with such intensity that I would self-harm (head hitting, knuckling my cheeks, tensing my face). I have learned to deal with emotions as I have got older though.

Paul Isaacs 2014


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

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