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Autism & Asperger – Fruit Salads – D.Williams A Personal Example

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Using Donna Williams Fruit Salad Analogy 1995 Autism & Aspergers “Fruit Salads” Blog

I going to use two examples to illustrate the profile differences – Remember these are two examples of people with Autism and AS no one person with Autism/AS is the same and the presentation and profiles will all be different. 🙂 

People with Autism use the Right Hemisphere to Work at the World & People with Asperger’s Syndrome use the Left Hemisphere to work out the world and of course there will be people on the spectrum in between the Autie and Aspie Profiles (which means that people can a mix of both Profiles – Autism & Asperger because of the massive diversity in brain connectivity). Autism is a diverse spectrum with different sensory and communication profiles. 🙂  

  • Autism
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • “Aspinauts” D.Williams (A Mixture of Both Autie and Aspie Profiles)

 “And always be aware of Aspinauts who have “crossovers” of both common “Fruit Salads” -D.Williams

 
 Paul – (Myself)
Me in 2011

Me in 2011

Autism – “Less Literal, Less Logical and Process Things Externally” – D.Williams

 

Visual Auditory Agnosias  Left Hemisphere Neglect 

I had Speech Delay and was non-verbal for around the first 5 years of my life this was due to Aphasia and Oral Apraxia

 
 Gilbert – My Grandfather
Gramp in the 1930s

Gramp in the 1930s


Asperger’s – “Logical, Literal and Process Things Internally” – D.Williams 

 

My Gramp because of right hemisphere neglect he uses left hemisphere (logic, semantics, auditory and visual meaning) and works things out “internally”.

Right Hemisphere Syndrome 

  • No speech delay recognised (although people with AS can have speech delay)
  • Dyspraxic has both fine and gross motor coordination problems
  • Started school at 7 years old  and left school at 14.  Mood and anxiety disorders persistent later in life
  • Literal (Semantic pragmatic disorder) processing of language
  • Pragmatic and logical in his approach to language which reflects his processing
  • Selective mutism in social situations due to not being able to access the conversation
  • Social Emotional Agnosia to a higher degree
  • Tonal Agnosia (tone deaf) to a higher degree
  • Alexithymia 
Paul Isaacs 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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