How could I have Learning Disability with my Autism?
I have more than just executive functioning problems with following tasks, more than just visual agnosias, auditory processing, language processing, movement disorder and so forth – I struggle with cognitively following tasks losing steps to self care skills such as shaving, washing, bathing, toileting, cooking and new complex information (at least for my brain), I regain these steps with effort much like “colour by numbers” and rote. I’m extremely hyperlexic verbally “covering up” additional cognitive problems with expressive vocabulary that does not reflect what is going on on the inside. However just to because I struggle with these aspects of living doesn’t mean I have got anything offer the world.
Dr Manuel Casanova’s Review of “Living Through The Haze”
Paul was the product of a premature delivery and was considered a very small baby when born. Some physicians would consider the fact that he is left handed a possible sign of brain damage from his premature delivery. As other autistic individuals, Paul had delayed language acquisition, an atrocious handwriting, and a possible learning deficit. The commonality of all of his signs and symptoms is what both Paul and Donna Williams call a “fruit salad”.
Yes in the context of Learning Deficit Manuel means a Learning Disability – after reading and processing the review I emailed and thanked for discovering this as this was something I was contemplating for long time silently
How come you come you can talk a lot about Autism? Then?
That is because even though my IQ isn’t that “highest” imagine the width is a short line (my IQ) then the depth of knowledge is the length Autism like with Donna Williams is the thing that pieces together cognitively so like an savant with autism (although I’m not a savant) the depth of knowledge is there in one strong area.
My interests are not intellectual. I’m not a techie, a scientist, an engineer, a mathematician or a book worm. I don’t understand fluently documentaries or have the capacity to cohesively follow the workings of intricate political groups. Even writing a shopping list means carrying the empty container down the shop. I’m no Einstein, but I think my views still matter. It’s not for lack of passion or interest either. I’m simply an artist instead.
Copyright Donna Williams
(although in the textbooks IQ is “high” and “low” I would say that it is about what one can do with their life and that is important and it’s about how you use your IQ not how “high” or “low” it is, one with an LD shouldn’t be written off as “unintelligent” or an “intellectual disability” it isn’t true and it is a common misconception that still lingers to today)
I still live in a sensory based world and my interests are sensory based, shiny things, things that sparkle, things that whirl, things that flash, textures, tastes and so forth I’m not logical nor do I have a “technical” mind, far too fragmented for that but what I have done is make use of what I have got, it’s not about how “high” your IQ is it is how you use it, I have met some bright, intelligent, perceptive and engaging people with a diagnosis of a Learning Disability (with and without Autism) maybe we need to challenge the stereotypes around this?
Paul Isaacs Adult with Autism 2014