I was born Paul and what does that mean? I was diagnosed with Autism in 2010, one of the things my parents advised me to do was to still see myself as a human being not letting myself be defined by the diagnosis as if this had somehow changed my identity- It didn’t I am and always was “Paul” and that is how I want to be referred to. If I was to define myself completely as “Autism” I would have no room for a healthy sense of self. For parents of the spectrum and people on the spectrum please embrace your personhood and what people like about you and in turn what you like about others. 🙂 Getting the balance right is so crucial.
- Dr Who
These things are to do with me my personality types and likes – find out what the person with Autism likes, be it your friend, family member or otherwise remind them that they are a PERSON not just a set of traits and symptoms – of course their sensory and communication profile must be taken into account in a way of building bridges for the person that is both meaningful and productive but at the same time acknowledge their own unique personhood which is what makes them shine. 🙂
Paul Isaacs 2014