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Autism from the inside

Challenging the Stereotypes of Autism, IQ and Learning – A World of Pattern, Theme and Feel (D.Williams)

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Paul Long Hair 2013OVERVIEW
Note – This is a personal perspective of learning and my Autism Profile 
Donna Williams and I share (but have differences in expression and trajectory) a similar Autism Profile.

I can talk about Autism a lot (probably too much at times :-D), have problems with learning new skills and retaining the patterns (shaving, washing, getting dressed etc).

I “lose” objects if they are misplaced or put in place that is “foreign to me” (simultagnosia, semantic agnosia), I only know what something is if I have “touched it” (i.e table surface, legs etc) (semantic agnosia) I have a blindness to the right side of body (visuospatial dysgnosiamirror agnosia & hemispatial neglect), I don’t have intellectual interests and can’t have those sorts of conversations with folks very well (technology, engineering etc) but I can write (a lot), draw and paint.

When I’m happy I make patterned “sounds” (that sounds like gobble de gook to others) to express my enjoyment and I do this a lot at home sometimes bits of route echolalia comes out from old TV shows. (Power Rangers)

I like shiny things, stuff that sparkles, twinkle lights etc, I “sense” peoples intentions and like Donna I live in a pattern, theme and feel world.

I like to have a laugh and for every deficit there is an ability and that my personhood comes first – the cards of which I have been dealt I’m going to use effectively and productively. 

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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