SEEING “PIECES” IN OTHERS
As odd as it may sound people can have “pieces” of what can someone on the autism spectrum. This year I want to an event in Cardiff and spoke towards the end of the speech I asked if people in the audience related so some of the issues around autism presented many put their hands up. These people weren’t on the autism spectrum but the could relate to the some of “pieces” I had been describing.
“SUB CLINICAL” ASPECTS & SPECIFIC ISSUES FOR THAT PERSON
This is because “autism” is made of pieces and these pieces differ from person to person that means that different “expressions” and “presentations” will be shown. So if people who are considered “sub-clinical” or as having “traits” what help is there for them?
The question I would say is what do you relate to? How does it present itself? What help is there for those people whose issues maybe considered not important but at the same time have a significant impact in certain areas of functioning.
With this increased awareness could mental health services and other professionals be able to help diagnose people with these issues?
MY AUTISM “FRUIT SALAD” 2016
WILL THE WORD AUTISM BE USED IN THE FUTURE?
Each “piece” of my “autism” has its own reality and function some of them you may well be able to recognise others you may not. By saying that “autism” is one thing (and can then only be owned within that group) when people with acquired brain injury, strokes, cerebral palsy, genetic syndromes can inter relate to these issues presented (and may well have or have not have autism in mix) it really begs the question will the term autism be used in the future?
I spoke to a neurologist some years ago who said in 20 to 30 years the word will not be used and instead the pieces of that person’s profile would be diagnosed instead this would certainly be progression for people with autism and also others who have “pieces” to.
Paul Isaacs 2016