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Classic Autism, Visual/Auditory Agnosias, and Living in a Sensory Based World

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Left Hemisphere Neglect – Right Brain Processing 

Thanks to Donna Williams Fruit Salad Analogy (1995/2005)

Note – This is personal experience

I tested myself today I used the left side of my body to do a task and my right it felt easy doing it with my left side I have Visual agnosias, Semantic Agnosia (meaning blindness), Simultanagnosia (object blindness) and Prosopagnosia (face blindness as well asAuditory agnosias these are blindnesses in the LEFT side of the brain, I’m left handed an that hand is used as an information seeker – feeling textures, patterns, smoothness, roughness – I externalise my thinking even as speech delayed and language delayed child I done this.

I live in a world BEFORE visual and auditory semantics kicked in. I builded 3D models out side (externalise) of myself to gain meaning through touch, smell, texture, taste and depth I have no pictures in my head for words, faces, objects, people – I need to FEEL to perceive, HEAR to perceive. I have NO visual memory.

My language processing is less to do with being literal and more to do with Auditory verbal agnosia meaning deaf to words not processing words with meaning just “hearing sounds”, I’m less logical and more patterned as TOO much language/detail means I lose meaning. I externalise with touch to understand the world and myself, I never internalise I have no pictures or words with meaning to do so.

My Parents knew that I needed to touch, knew that clipped sentences worked, knew I needed to sensory explore I grateful that they let me understand the world through the lenses of the system I had and continue to have.

 

Paul Isaacs 2014SAM_0594

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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

2 thoughts on “Classic Autism, Visual/Auditory Agnosias, and Living in a Sensory Based World

  1. An amazing story very well communicated. I am much more visually led than any of my other senses. Even names have little videos attached to them and my memory is all in picture or
    Video form in my mind. I have bipolar disorder and so sometimes my Brain hardly works and at others it works so efficiently that I cannot consciously keep pace with my thoughts and ideas.
    I’m working on a new project called the line between which aims to take people with mental differences and give them tools to get the very best out of themselves. I can see in your symptoms potential MASSIVE advantages to using your skills over another ‘normal’ persons. I’d really like to have a chat with you and see if maybe we can open up doors for each other that will be of mutual benefit.
    Have a look at my blog on http://thelinebetween.wordpress.com
    And if you want to, email me at appletonvj@gmail.com

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