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Autism Isn’t One Thing – Donna Williams “Fruit Salad” Analogy

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Me at 6 Months Old With My Teddy

Me at 6 Months Old With My Teddy

AUTISM ISN’T “ONE THING”

Donna Williams and I have been sorting out the origins of our Autism Fruit Salad – and this is interesting I must say so here goes –

What Syndromes Make My Autism Fruit Salad? (Fruit Salad Analogy Created By Donna Williams 1995/2005)

My “Autism” is comprised of 5 separate “syndromes” and interrelating “cluster syndromes/conditions”.

Thank you Donna for all your help. 🙂

Donna’s Fruit Salad/Diagnostic History Link

MY FRUIT SALAD

PREEMIE SYNDROME

I had a distressed birth and was premature this was due to these factors, Jaundice, Cerebral Hypoxia (lack of oxygen to the brain), Brain Injury (as a result of Hypoxia) and a what is termed a Silent Stroke – In my first book I talk about my mother’s concern as I used one arm to move around the sitting room floor this certainly is associated with not only developmental delays in motor functioning but associate brain injury/stroke.

Brain Injury Related Agnosias 

Auditory Agnosias 

Pure Auditory Agnosia
Language Auditory Agnosia (Meaning Deafness)
Aphasia

Body Disconnection

Receptive/Expressive Language & Movement Issues
(Speech and Communication)

Echophenomena

  • Echolalia
  • Echopraxia
  • Echomimia
  • Palilalia

Genetic Related Agnosias (From Family)

GERTSMANN SYNDROME

This is something that Dr Manuel Casanova recognised after reading my first book that I had left hemisphere neglect (I was was left handed), had problems with left-right, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, and Aphasia and Finger agnosia.

SCOTOPIC SENSITIVITY SYNDROME/LIGHT SENSITIVITY/SENSORY INTEGRATION DISORDER

Problems with depth perception, headaches, “mapping visual space”, visual fragmentation, overwhelmed (euphoria) by colours, textures and patterns – associated with Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and Dysgraphia.

MULTIPLE COMPLEX DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDER (MCDD)

Depression, Anxiety, Dissociative Disorders, Sleep Disorder, Synesthesia and Tic Disorder 

GENETIC SYNDROME 

CONCLUSION

By Sorting out ones Autism “Fruit Salad” can give a sense of completion I believe these last 48 hours have done that.  By sorting all the bits, the whys and hows etc. You can adapt your learning style, communication style, body mapping style, integration style and more. This is truly a postive for me and it can be a positive for your you.  Once you know all this you can be one with your personhood.

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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