Note This is from a personal perspective
What Autism IS and ISN’T
Looking at the broaden the aspects of presentation in autism it is about understanding what autism is and just as importantly what it isn’t.
It isn’t is a generic stacking of black and white linear symptoms that present in every person in the same way, what it is is a stacking of conditions that are specific and personal to the individual.
The Hidden Strands Of Information
I can of course be logical that is natural human variant of thought and has nothing to do with autism (and also various personality types will overlap with overall presentation), however I struggle with intense over a analytical logical decoding of a situation as it is happening that leaves many things up in the air for me.
Such as emotional perception, (not knowing my bodies own reactions to the the incoming information) receptive and expressive language (word formation, extraction, relevance, understanding), lack of visual association (no pictures for words), information processing delays (incoming information not being “sorted” quickly enough to be “understood”).
Taking Things To Heart?
As a child more prominently and now as adult the residual issues are still there such as not seeing the significance of what is being said this is before the literal.
That means I am less likely to take things on a personal level even if I am being spoken too in a personal way.
I was asked what I thought the main different feature was between Autism and Asperger’s. I think you’ll maybe find in reading through the site on brain hemisphere specialisation that there are many Aspies who may be better at left brain stuff and many Auties who may be more right brain but not nearly recognised for the abilities they do have as much as they are recognised for the left-brain abilities they don’t have.
© Donna Williams
Introspection & External Mentalisation
I use my senses and introspection to “decode” things and sort them out from there, I don’t have pictures in my head sorting things out I have to do the reverse I have to get everything out FIRST by doing, gesture, tone, inference, movement and then go from there.
I struggle to mentalise plans so I just “do” this means that on a unconscious level I sort things out with no conscious thought at the time. When I wrote my first book I just typed and typed and typed with the basic premise being it is a book about my life.
However I am sure there are people in the world who are not on the autism spectrum who can relate this. I have of course “non-autistic” moments of clarity for me just as there will be “autistic” moments for people off the spectrum.
Paul Isaacs 2016