Haha love this blog about autism and splinter skills and were one skill set can baffle and be up for contradiction in another.
Bathing, Temperature & No Sense of Time or Body
It took me until sixteen onwards to understand the concept of bathing as a tool to wash your body in prior to this I would urinate in the bath, smear bubble bath liquid on the tiles along with shaving foam.
A lot of times bathing the water would be too hot, too deep and would cause me to get light headed. I would sometimes lay in the bath for hours (until the water was cold), get lost dissociate, disconnect and focus on a fixed point and/or using the bath products.
The Art Of Toothbrushing
Tooth brushing I have yet to master, I have bouts of mild gingivitis, and a recent salivary gland infection which has “switched off” my left salivary gland. (I lose the patterns of how to brush my teeth for how long, the amount of pressure etc.) Dentists kindly remind me each time of how to do it.
The Delicacy of Shaving
Shaving my face I find odd too most of the hair density is below my jaw line, as such I am still so disconnected from body (so again losing patterns, strategies, movement and motion.) Leaving me with a blotchy and blood ridden skin at times.
Toileting is a lot about were my body is in relation to the toilet and pan, knowing the internal reasonings, feelings and sensations that go with it. This is secondary to shy bladder and bowel syndrome.
Hair brushing is a trial I have long thick curly hair and I have days and moments in which struggle to obtain and use right brushes and the stratagems to untangle.
Learning, Context & Conclusion
Context and meaning blindness, the inability to visually mentalise, visual perception, motion perception and body agnosias mean I rely on placement, position and associated contexts.
I suppose I did it my way.😉✨👍
Paul Isaacs 2020