This is a personal perspective of Autism & Visual Agnosias
When people where to look at room, them may think what is going on it, things seem jumbled, cluttered untidy even! This maybe true but there are reasons for this – as a child my Mum thought I was deaf and blind as I say she was half right the “blindness” and “deafness” where to do with sensory perceptual disorders in my case visual and auditory agnosias.
Even now the way in which I map space and objects is very much on a tactile sensory based level (touching to perceive not processing meaning than touching) this means I do certain things to understand my surroundings
AGNOSIAS THAT PLAY APART IN THIS –
PHYSICAL ISSUES & NEUROLOGICAL ISSUES – GLASSES VS TINTED LENSES
Myopia (short sightedness) in right eye – I had glasses (for short-sightedness) when I was around 5 years old guess what it made my visual agnosias and visual perceptual disorders more acute by magnifying the neurological perceptual distortions – something that James Billett pointed out who gave me tinted lenses in 2012 with glasses I got headaches, felt ill, heightened fragmentation with my tinted lenses all gone that is really saying something to me that we need to test for not only visual eye problems but neurological visual perceptual problems too.
- Things of importance are always on display on a table top so I can “touch” perceive and use accordingly (simult and semantic agnosia)
- I have a preference for things being on the left side of my body (hemispatial neglect to the right side of my body)
- If I put things away out of touch for example in a drawer – I will “lose” them in both my mind and body and not know where to “perceive” them (semantic agnosia)
- Moving around the room means I’m “mapping” the room with my own movements each touch is meaningful in term of getting a sense of myself and the room (visuospatial dysgnosia)
THE PHANTOM TEA CUP
Not that long ago I would was in my sitting room and made a cup of tea I put the cup on my “right side/blind side” this meant that I “lost” the context and concept of what and were the tea cup was so I got another tea cup repeated the process and again and again in total I racked up about four tea cup once I investigated and perceived the right side I realised I had used four separate tea cups. 🙂
Paul Isaacs Adult with Autism 2014