An Anthropology of Aspies
Our Parents, Teachers, Tutors all did the WRONG things according to the modern experts to get us to learn , we did life and do life via our splinter skills. If Autism were to be taught in a traditional class room we would need a Picture Thought development guide to along with the current numberline and alphabet. If we condensed all of our experience we could easily teach Autism by 6th grade when most aspies could be mainstreamed into traditional classes. We did the long version of the experiment and many of us were in our 30's before we heard the word Autism but, knew all of its secrets already. Autism is simply speaking in one language and talking in another - thing is- the other language is 'invisible' to the average person and it has yet to grace a text book that any' Expert' must read to get a PhD.
Our anthropology is mostly older than 30 years old but it also includes some modern Aspies that have found us online as well. Most times we are picture thinkers ,proficient picture thinkers ,have a pain tolerance ,preference to be alone ,we have super good hearing and vision and can't stand scratchy clothes, or harsh soaps. Many modern Aspies that find us don't have a clue to what we are about and don't connect at all. Even those that have been through ABA relate to us at times.
Please note we also grew up in a time before the modern pills and diets and in a ERA of Strict discipline. Homework was graded, you did your homework the basics were stressed , you were tutored until you got the point. You could and did get Whacks for bad behavior and you sat at the dinner table until your plate was clean, (humor) or the dog ate the Lima beans. All of this really done wonders for Autism's bad behavior traits. Modern Autism claims it is the Autism and not the kid, but it seems the discipline of the era paid off well for us.
For the record I did follow-try the Modern gluten Free Autism Diet once and (humor) thankfully it DID NOT affect my Autism .I'd was afraid it might slow up my thought process.
One last point to our Anthropology. Most of us seem to be Gay Lesbian Transgendered and Bisexual and if you boil that point down, that simply means that many of us had a close group of social friends to hang out with. It gave us an advantage autistically as we were able to relate our picture thoughts to the real world, kind of like a Version of " Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" Sadly, I meet our straight counterparts online and in person and they seem to know autism well but lack the charm school or the ability to adapt social conversation to picture thoughts.
When all is said and done the Transgendered Aspies will have given autism it's best insight.