An advocate felt it was old fashioned that autism and brain injury can coexist. They can present in some people’s developmental trajectory.
The problem with not being objective around the different trajectories in autism is that people’s potential realities get lost in rhetoric and the need to be popular and/or relevant.
This toxic militant form of advocacy I suggest newbies stay away from as it isn’t about making a difference it’s about filling a bullshit sandwich and making it look edible.
My Developmental Trajectory
So here’s the low down. I was born a month premature and the birthing complications which included placental abruption, fetal distress and c- section. The condition is called cerebral hypoxia.
I have always been open about this in my speeches and presentations over the years of being a speaker, trainer and consultant.
Signs of the nervous system being impacted were I was sleepy baby, photographic evidence in my early months such as fisted hands, the toes pointing upwards. This is called decoritcate posture.
Further neurological challenges such as language processing, visual perception and hemiplegia and gertsmann syndrome.
The Problem With Super Power Narratives
By suggesting that this cannot happen and always proclaiming that autism is a “super power” not only lacks objective reasoning, but also suggests that people do not have disabilities with their autism “fruit salads” in their own right.
Think Laterally About Autisms
For some it’s
Social emotional agnosia and social perception
Simultagnosia and Visual Fragmentation
Dyspraxia and Overload
Challenges in Mentalising
Challenges in Mental Health
Attachment, Personality & Identity
It’s multi-faceted. This also includes links with autoimmune disorders, collagen (ehlers danlos syndrome) and seizure disorders.
Paul Isaacs 2022