I have often wondered with my late diagnosis that actually despite the hardships, bullying and misunderstandings my parents always defined me as “Paul” and I believe that has has a positive impact on me when I was diagnosed with Autism in 2010. I don’t see my “Autism” as the whole of me, I see it as a clear explanation of my sensory and communication profile but not my PERSONHOOD.
PERSONHOOD FIRST – BEFORE CONDITION
To people on the spectrum, parents, carers and guardians sometimes seeing beyond the diagnosis is a good thing and letting the person know that you like and respect them on the basis of their PERSONHOOD is good, positive an healthy. A person should not be defined by their “traits and symptoms” that in my mind is unhealthy.
Paul Isaacs 2014