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Autism, Faceblindness & Social Media

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Note this is from a personal perspective

I got a good question from a Dean Beadle a international speaker on the autism spectrum with regards to faceblindness and the use of social media.

VOICE & PATTERNS OF MOVEMENT 

The way in which I recognise people I have documented in various other blogs with regards to “seeing” faces or rather not and that is through patterns of movement (the way in which the person moves their body around the enviroment) and the person’s voices. Context helps through understanding (their full full name, significance of were I know them from).#

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SOCIAL MEDIA 

When it comes to social media it is best for people to message to help me remember where they came from. I do look for full names (that is a good start) and other contextual and associative information, although at times I have gotten it wrong in terms of sending the friend request to the wrong person it is a matter of trial and error for me. 🙂

Paul Isaacs 2016

 

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Autism -Myopia (Short Sightedness), Visual Agnosias & Tinted Lenses

OVERVIEW

As a child I appeared both deaf and blind due to complex visual and auditory agnosias which affect how I “see” and “hear”  the world, when I was 5 years old I was diagnosed with shortsightedness (myopia) in my right eye and given glasses what this blog is going to go through is the the differences between and physical sight issues and neurological  percuta sight issues and in my case how they can co-exist, what worked and what didn’t.

MyopiaSHORT SIGHTEDNESS AND CONVENTIONAL GLASSES

In my right eye I have slightly  blurred vision this is due to a condition of the eye called myopia, this can be “corrected” either by eye glasses, contact lenses or refractive surgery. I had conventional glasses at 5 years old, however by “correcting” the physical aspect of my right eye it  didn’t “correct” the complex neurological  aspect – visual agnosias – and this what was still persistent during my years with conventional glasses – which are

 

Brain Lobe 2VISUAL AGNOSIAS – “BLINDNESS” IN THE BRAIN CONVENTIONAL GLASSES DIDN’T HELP MY VISUAL PERCEPTUAL ISSUES

Visual agnosia is often due to bilateral damage in the posterior occipital and/or temporal lobe in the brain

With my conventional glasses all the problems were still there all during my educational years I had problems with visual fragmentation only seeing “pieces” never “wholes”, not seeing depth (everything seeming flat and 2D, not seeing with meaning, reading with meaning,  letters and numbers being jumbled, my sense of body was “fragmented” and where my body was in space, time and movement even with my right eye “corrected” I was neurologically “blind” to the right side of my body and what I was “seeing” – as I have stated in previous posts because of my visual agnosias I live in a sensory based world.

CONVENTUAL GLASSES CAUSED

  • Headaches
  • Heightened Fragmentation
  • Increased Fatigue
  • Decreased Concentration

TINTED LENSES – FITTED 2012

With years of having conventional glasses I was diagnosed formally with scotopic sensitivity syndrome, visual agnosias and learning difficulties by James Billett when I first tried my tinted lenses on it was like magic in many ways as I saw things wholes, my balance and body language improved instantly, words and letters where configured more, I read faster processing words quicker and numbers quicker, I moved better in space and could process visuals in light.

CONCLUSION

From a personal perspective myopic vision and visual agnosias both play apart in the way I perceives the world however I would say the agnosias had the greater impact in my case as my Mum thought I was totally blind in my younger years, but I’m glad that although shortsightedness was recognised that eventually my visual perceptual disorders where finally recognised too, maybe we need to look at folks on the spectrum who have both issues with their eyes and visual processing and see what works best for them for me personally  conventional glasses didn’t work but tinted lenses do.

 

Paul Isaacs 2014