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Diagnosis – Looking At What “Autism Is” Is That The Future?

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I have been is the autism “world” as a speaker, trainer and consultant for well over seven years, I do not pretend to know all the answers nor I do project or promote that I have them all I can only speak from first hand experience of myself and the others that have been involved in professional capacity.

A 3D Diagnosis For The Future?

I what would like to offer a foundation of empowerment not because I know best but to give people the opportunity to find out about their “autism” what is made up of and the “mechanics” that go with it.

I have wrote and documented my autism the fact that is made of being brain injured at birth, speech and language delays, sensory agnosias, aphasia, apraxia the fact that I have dealt with mood, impulsive and anxiety disorders also.

Information processing such as

  • Sensory Agnosias (being Faceblind, Object Blind and/or Meaning Blind)
  • Attention deficits (ADD, ADHD)
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Apraxias (Oral Apraxia, Fine and Gross Motor Apraxia and Dyspraxia)
  • Aphasia (Receptive, Expressive and Mixed)
  • Gut, Immune and Metabolic Disorders
  • Tissue Connectivity Disorders
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Mild Brain Injury (Affecting Developmental Pathways and Trajectories)
  • Sleep Disorders

Identity 

  • Development (Gender, Sexuality, Self Perception, Environment, Viewing yourself and as a “child”, “teenager” or “adult” regardless of chronological age)
  • Adjustment (Family and.or Personal Environment)
  • Disorder Extremes (Personality Types/Traits that are not balanced causing problems with overall functioning)

Psychiatric Co-Morbids

  • Mood Disorders (Emotional Dysregulation
  • Anxiety Disorders (OCD, Social Anxiety, Generalised Anxiety)
  • Psychosis
  • Impulse Control
  • Attachment Disorder
  • Dissociative Disorders

Enviroment 

  • Dietary/Nutrition Disabilities
  • Morning the Child
  • Isolation/Alienation
  • Learned Helplessness (Dependency Personality Disorder/Co-dependency)
  • Presuming  Incompetence
  • “Cat” People vs. “Dog” People (Exposure Anxiety. PDA, ODD RAD)
  • Eating Toothpaste (Gut Disorder and Fluoride Toxicity)

Human Variants of Learning

  • Visual
  • Verbal
  • Logical
  • Physical
  • Aural
  • Solitary
  • Social
  • Mixed

The fact that being borderline made me emotionally unstable, struggled with boundaries and also being schizotypal made me odd, aloof and detached from people and at times society. These “elements” are all about of my “mix” and words not only for these “pieces” empower not only the person in question but the services they come into contact with also family and friends.

 

Fruit Salad 2017

 

Looking Deeper, Looking Forward, Education & Empowerment

I went through my autism “fruit salad” at an event recently and asked if the diagnosis had pointed out the specific pieces how would they have felt? Also would this model benefit them I came to the conclusion yes because understanding  that the word “autism” isn’t  one thing but understanding the pieces of their children’s autism was felt to be very important, helpful, empowering and overall was a beneficiary to the services that they would come in contact with. Giving them not just the word “autism” but what it meant for them specifically.

My Autism Fruit Salad 1 Updated 2017

Autism Fruit Salad 2 2017

Autism Fruit Salad 3 2017

Autism as “Fruit Salad” Video by Donna Williams 

http://www.interactingwithautism.com/section/living/donna

 

Conclusion

“Autism” is not “one thing” it is specific to each person also people do not have an “autistic personality” exclusively although personality types like solitary, idiosyncratic and conscientious would look more “autistic” but are smaller elements in the overall mix.

I do not believe that a person’s autism is everything about them because human beings are made up much  more than one element/label/word.

You can get  “non-autistic” personality types the people that challenge the stereotypes who could be equally adventurous and mercurial in their ways. For 2017 lets look at this from a broader perspective and empower people with knowledge that is worthy of making a difference.

I am not negative about autism but I am realistic and grounded about what the word means. By finding out the mechanics of what is going that is a positive approach to leading a more fuller, healthier more balanced life.

Paul Isaacs 2017

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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

14 thoughts on “Diagnosis – Looking At What “Autism Is” Is That The Future?

  1. All interesting, but no mention of love ❤

  2. Thanks for sharing your experience with us! It’s a an eye opener!

    • Asbergers is part of me but it not all of me yes it makes me different please accept me

      • Yes Francis all people are born human beings regardless of what label is bestowed on them you can understand all parts of yourself in the healthiest way possible.

  3. Very interesting. I’d love to have a chat sometime. I know a lot about autism, but you have a firm grasp on some concepts that are harder for me to retain and grasp (because of my memory challenges and dyslexia and thinking in pictures) . . . abstract concepts I haven’t experienced are harder to understand. It’s ‘Samantha Craft’ of Everyday Aspergers @aspergersgirls on twitter.

    • Thank you for the reply Samantha it took me many years to get to this point (about 5 in total) with the kind help from Donna Williams her books and other online resources are very much to with being PERSON specific and it can help, aid and empower someone on there journey more information/understanding. 🙂 Kindest regards Paul

  4. Thank you for sharing this. I have autism, anxiety (social and separation), ADHD, depression, and attachment issues, as well as gut and sleep problems, difficulties with emotional regulation, and abandonment issues. It’s been hard to get people to understand everything that being on the spectrum presents.

  5. I understand your point, and I think this is the most easy to grasp argument to explain autism is being human, just more tense, and that’s an euphemism. I pray (to the invisible unicorn) for the day we’ll live in a much accepting society so all above circles will represent strengths, talents and abilities rather than expressions of disorders. I know a family where the three kids are studies autistic. The first had it the most difficult, the second much easier, the third has only the benefits of being autistic, which in turn inspired the oldest kid to find his way as well. The middle one is in-between but will catch up, eventually. I feel like we’re the first two kids, we’ve seen worse and it’s easier now, but we’re still not there.

    • Please ignore the word “studies” in the sentence about the 3 kids being autistic (swiping on a phone in a bus haha)

    • Hi Kamil Everybody who has a diagnosis of autism has different components and features which make up their autism and as you have pointed out there is no such thing as “collective autism” or “pure autism” in which the person diagnosis thinks, acts or behaves the same way.

      The “fruit salad” analogy is empowerment tool, a directive, open and honest way to look at “autism” neither glamourising nor demonising but keeping it real and contextual to the person in question. It is time now in 2017 to have a more 3d approach to autism so that all voices and experiences are heard.

  6. I am 64, served in the army for 12 years, owned 2 businesses, worked for others; had a major nervous breakdown; founded and managed a charitable company for 16 years; director of a housing association and of a community facility; worked as a live-in carer and then as carer for my first wife, which ended in divorce; then carer for a terminally ill lady who died in 2013 and then carer for my 2nd wife. I wear a power chair and I am high function autistic.

    The only person that any of us can be, Simon, is ourselves – come what may.

    I am as I am.

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