Tony Attwood and Michelle Garnett were presenting at an Autism Oxford Event (a 2 day conference) – My Presentation was My Journey to an Autism Diagnosis.
This my personal perspective of Autism and how it affects me
I have Classic autism (as opposed to AS) – I look at people from with AS afar in admiration for the qualities they bring to the world – Like Donna Williams I live in a world where Visual agnosias & Auditory agnosias make sounds fun… and scary and images fragmented… artistic but at times confusing living in a world BEFORE interpretive meaning I treat my expressive language I use now as my foreign/2nd language which I have learnt to use (because Apraxia of speech, Speech delay,Language delay & Aphasia).
Connecting with the World
Hands are my tools for “seeing”, licking, sniffing, tapping, rubbing – I asked the audience to think internally visualise a table I can’t because of semantic agnosia I must “feel” and “experience” a table
Gestural Language & No Visual Memory
Communicating and connecting before expressive functional speech was sounds, clicks, movements to convey communication (still my primary form of communication in my head I had loads to say) – Tony commented on how I move my arms like Donna’s that is because like her I paint a picture/movie/communication through my arms and hands moulding as I talk images in real time which helps me get my words out to externally express what is trying to come out internally.
Paul Isaacs Adult with Autism 2014