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How I Remember People – Visual Agnosias and Autism – My Friend Jennifer O’Toole

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Me and Jennifer 2013

Me and Jennifer 2013

OVERVIEW

Autism and Sensory Systems I have Prosopagnosia Face-blindness, Simultanagnosia Object-blindness and Semantic Agnosia as apart of my Autism Profile Jennifer O’Toole of Asperkids and I were speaking a few days ago about sensory issues and that way I remember Jennifer is the “feel” of her hair, her voice “rhythms” and basic patterns of movement. (common with people with Visual agnosias) Remember that some people on the spectrum want to touch your face it’s to “perceive” you, without my tinted lenses I see pixelated blocks of shimmer, shine and colours with no cohesive whole (object blindness) I have to use other sensory inputs to gain “meaning” (touch, smell) (meaning blindness & face blindness), my sensory systems are acute so it means cognitive access to “stuff” takes longer. So even with the lenses I see in a more generalised way but have no visual memory. I get there in the end though. 🙂

ABOUT JENNIFER O’TOOLE & ASPERKIDS

Positivity of being on the spectrum is something that is needed more, recognising the difficulties but not letting them overshadow the positive strengths that a person on the spectrum has – Jennifer O’Toole who is on the spectrum embodies this positive ethos in her work, books, presentations and events which are very informative laced with with, humour, advice and empowerment. Please like and share, I’m honored to be her friend. 🙂

For Jennifer O’Toole

The Angel with Red Hair – Paul Isaacs 2013

For you are the person who really does Care
Because your words and and actions are purity, it’s all out There
There is NO veneer Cracked
For enablement and selflessness you have Tact
You don’t hide behind “Gimmicks”
Nor do it for Money
Sycophants would find that Funny
You are this doing for the reasons of truth
To give the person the purity, to build a life anew
Letting them know that you can be someone too
To pursue goals that they would not even dare
To be happy and content with a sense of justice
For being there
You are the The Angel with Red Hair

ABOUT JENNIFER

ASPERKIDS ADVISORS OF AWESOMENESS

ASPERKIDS BOOKS

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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