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A Syndrome Within My Autism “Fruit Salad” – Gertsmann Syndrome, Visual Agnosias & Premature Birth

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Me at 6 Months Old With My Teddy

Me at 6 Months Old With My Teddy

Note this a personal perspective of Gertsmann Syndrome in the context of Autism

“Paul was the product of a premature delivery and was considered a very small baby when born. Some physicians would consider the fact that he is left handed a possible sign of brain damage from his premature delivery. As other autistic individuals, Paul had delayed language acquisition, an atrocious handwriting, and a possible learning deficit. The commonality of all of his signs and symptoms is what both Paul and Donna Williams call a “fruit salad”.” 

OVERVIEW

This is part of Dr Manuel Casanova‘s wonderful review of my book this takes into account which part for my brain were affected left hempshire neglect right brain dominance that is where the Visual agnosias occipital and temporal & lobes are Simultanagnosia,Semantic AgnosiaAuditory verbal agnosiaAphasiaAuditory agnosia the left side of the brain the semantics of auditory, visual information is as well as communication (expressive and receptive).

Premature birth and a silent stroke  & lack oxygen with genetic factors  contributed to acquiring Gertsmann Syndrome

Gerstmann syndrome is characterized by four primary symptoms:

  1. Dysgraphia/agraphia: deficiency in the ability to write
  2. Dyscalculia/acalculia: difficulty in learning or comprehending mathematics
  3. Finger agnosia: inability to distinguish the fingers on the hand
  4. Left-right disorientation

 

So do I have an Autism profile as to an opposed Aspergers? Yes. Are Autism and Asperger Profiles different? Yes.

Can people have mixture of Asperger and Autism Profiles meaning they can relate visual agnosias and literal processing of language (for example) Yes.  Donna Williams calls them Aspinauts.  Autism is a very diverse spectrum indeed. But one should never forget their 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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