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Autism & When “Special Interests” Go Wrong

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There are many inconclusive stereotypes around the autism spectrum and one of them is a the all people on the autism spectrum have an “intense special interest” I have been working in the field of autism for over six years and I have met many folks who do not have a “special interest” of acute intensity nor want to.

“Special Interests”

If one can conceive a special interest then may be we could be looking at accompanying personality traits and types that would make someone have such a hyper-focus. The first is Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder in which the person  has a intense devotion to work, perfectionism and rigidity. They could be also have that as a secondary to Schizoid Personality disorder in which the person is apathetic, secretive and distant.

Personality Types & Differing Profiles

To deny that “disordered extremes” of personality types can co-exist and interact with an “autism” or “asperger’s” profile is not helpful, it firstly  doesn’t benefit the person in question and secondly the premise should not be that “oh that’s the autism”.

Therefore giving the interest a green light and thus scapegoating that such behaviour is acceptable to demonstrate and carry out with such an intensity that may well have a negative impact on themselves and other they come into contact with.

No It Isn’t Just The “Autism”

So when can their “special interests” go wrong from a personal experience I can tell you, when someone you once did trust downloads information to you about satanism, the occult and the disturbing rituals that go with for over an hour, and you have to process what you have just heard (which for me is a significant delay), when my emotional perception has reached its emotional peak years after the incident, when people dismissed and didn’t acknowledge my trauma, depression, nightmares and suicidal ideatation and saw the incident as just someone’s “autism” and I should “get over it”. Then I question this on a personal an professional level.

Paul Isaacs 2016

 

 

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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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