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Autism from the inside

My Primary Language & Finding Balance With The Help Of My Parents

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Mum and Dad 2005

Mum & Dad 2005

OVERVIEW

I’m thankful and grateful that my parents helped a guided me to be as functional as possible, not disabling further with martyrdom and co-dependency, teaching me right from wrong, understanding failure is normal, letting me experience the world and make progress and mistakes, encouraging happiness and balance and not seeing my a Autism as the sum total of my being – I’m a person, artist, poet and author – but like my parents also taught I am no better than anyone else.

My Language

Considering my primary speech/language is movements, sounds and echolalia and my internal language a jumble of noise and sounds (but words were trapped inside which I wanted to share), with no pictures, other people were fragmented blobs that made sounds to each other, I was functionally non -verbal for 5 years and when I gained functional speech at 7/8 years old the words inside came out scattered and wanted to go back but kept moving forward my primary language is still the above at home I revert back to that language that I hold so dear and you may not get much interpretive language out of me. I wish no pity of sorrow this is my own journey.

Interpretive Language & Pattern, Theme & Feel Language (D.Williams) 

Interpretive language is a second language to me which is English my primary language is movements, sounds, echolalia, licking, sniffing and tapping my surroundings, sounds and movements conveyed emotions, feelings and direction, sculpting faces, sniffing hair, flashing lights, things that spin, pretty textures, glowy things, sparkle, shine etc. At home my language would be hard for others to fathom.

Conclusion

I’m thankful that my parents have helped me in this way it is good to have and find balance in your life for a whole host of reasons – empowerment is one of key things that has helped me by not going down the road of victimhood  and also having a healthy acknowledgment of your actions on others.

Paul Isaacs

Adult with Autism 2014

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Author: Paul Isaacs

Paul was branded as a “naughty & difficult child” at school. He was classically autistic and non-verbal due to speech articulation difficulties. He had complex sensory issues and appeared both deaf and blind. He gained functional speech around the age of 7 or 8 years old. He went through the mainstream school system with no additional help or recognition of his autism. Consequently, he did not achieve his academic or his social potential and had very low self-esteem. At age 11, Paul was referred to the children’s mental health service with childhood depression where he was regarded as “developmentally underage” and having speech problems. As an adult, Paul had a string of unsuccessful jobs, and his mental health suffered. He developed both Borderline and Schizotypal Personality Disorders in early 2007. He was referred to mental health services and misdiagnosed with “Asperger traits with a complex personality”, which did not satisfy Paul or his family. A local autism organisation put Paul in touch with an experienced psychiatrist, who diagnosed him with Autism at 24 years old. In 2012 Paul was also diagnosed with Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome by an Irlen Consultant who confirmed that he also had face, object and meaning blindness – conditions which Paul describes eloquently in his speeches and training sessions. He also has dyslexia, dyscalculia and also a dissociative disorder. Having started working as an local autism organisation as a public speaker in 2010, Paul joined their mission to promote autism awareness. His hope is that others will not have to suffer as he did. Now also a core member of our Training Team, Paul continues to enhance true understanding of autism at every opportunity. Paul has released and published 5 books on the subject of autism published by Chipmunka publishing and has contributed to other books too. Having overcome many challenges to achieve the success that he now enjoys, Paul’s message is that Autism is a complex mix of ability and disability. He firmly believes that every Autistic person should have the opportunity to reach their potential and be regarded as a valued member of society. Apart from autism related blogs Paul also write about movies, fashion, art and anything that is of interest. As of August 2015 Paul now works as a freelance speaker, training and consultant in and around the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire area. If you are interested please contact him via email at staypuft12@yahoo.co.uk

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