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Autism is Far Too Complex To Be One Thing Lets Start Thinking Outside The Box

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Autism a clustering of conditions 

What I learned is Autism in terms of profiles isn’t one thing it a clustering of many separate conditions and syndromes that then start creating a profile which is then called Autism – not one thing within an Autism profile can be called “the autism” or “that’s autistic” it is a clustering of many different conditions that would give validity to that. Identity and personhood will also have an impact on presentation (an autism personality or a non-autism personality) which leads to environment and where that person lives which leads to mood disorders and potentially untreated mental health issues.

Different profiles

Some people have a profile which to do with the brain, others have profile which to do with metabolic disorders others have a mixture, some are visual thinkers but some clearly aren’t, not all people on the spectrum are logical or literal, Autism and Asperger’s are presented as the same thing even though they are profile wise very different. So what is Autism? It will always be personal to that individual not one person on the spectrum can speak for all realities on the spectrum it’s far more complex for someone to do that. Let’s break down barriers and stereotypes and create empowerment. 🙂

Paul Isaacs 2014


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

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