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Autism, Auditory Agnosias, Words With No Pictures & Sounds With No Meaning

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Note – All of People on the Autism Spectrum are Different this is topics that may relate to some people on the spectrum

Some people on Autism Spectrum have Auditory Agnosias as apart of their Autism this means they “hear” but don’t process with meaning, my Mum thought I was deaf as a child but is was to do with Auditory Processing.

I hope this helps others

1. A person Repeating sounds (DVDs, TV shows, Music etc) Phonic play, sensory play could be to do with this repeating sounds over and over to try to gain meaning, context and understanding.
2. May not respond when long litanies of verbal information is said to them – They have heard a lot of “sounds” rather than words and this may mean that you need to break down the information into smaller chunks.
3. Jumps at sounds in environment – If they don’t understand the origins of the sound tell them (using their communication profile) what is and where it is coming from.
4. Making up their own words for things, people, objects etc (pattern, theme and feel D.Williams) – If you live in world where language is jumbled to a high degree it would make sense that they may have their own words for things – I remember one person on the spectrum would call a type of biscuit “Maky” and a Yogurt “Yoshoo” some may replicate feelings of joy by making noises to reflect that (something that I still do when I stim).

By 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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