Note this is from a personal perspective
As a child my Mum thought I was “deaf and blind” and this was to do with both “blindisms” and “deafisms” this is how it presented itself through behaviours that I did show.
- Staring through objects and people and appearing “blind”.
- Getting stimulation and “lost” such as staring at water, lint and small fragments this would include finger flicking and hand flapping to “bind together” visual information and give coheranence.
- Poking the side of my eyes to create colours also forcing my eyes shut at night to create internal colours and shapes.
- Focusing on mouths rather than a whole face (which I couldn’t process as a cohesive whole).
- Processing people in “pieces” focusing on one part of the body and neglecting everything else (this extends to the whole visual field).
- Getting an external “reality” from kinaesthetic/tactile association such as touching, licking, sniffing, tapping rubbing my surroundings these are my “eyes”.
- Connecting with people by “sculpting” their faces, rustling through their hair and thus creating association/bonding.
- Using peripheral vision rather than using my central visual field sot “shut off” a part of visual processing.
- Being lost meant that others had to find me.
- Fluctuations and distortions in depth percpetion, foreground and background.
- Filling in my time with repetition such as echolalia, videos and music that are unconscious thought and “being” as opposed to conscious thought and “doing”.
- Finding people asking me directly to “do” difficult jolting my reality this is secondary to langauge processing disorders, aphasia, aqquistion of “self” and “other” which is also a result of exposure anxiety and problems with direct confrontation.
- Finding objects, placement and context has to be formed on a personal level that means all things of significance and relevance must be on display.
- When objects are not moving their reality is not acknowledged.
Context, Language and Perception
Having a level of visual agnosia, simultagnosia, prosopagnosia and semantic agnosia meant that association and context was and is at times is very difficult. As well as having a level of aphasia which meant the visual/language link took a long time to bridge and form.
Tinted lenses have helped bring a level of visual binding, coherence and an ability to keep up with visual information at a much quicker rate, recognise non-verbal cues and sort out my placement while moving from place to place.
Paul Isaacs 2017