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 dysgnosia, mirror 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