Real Time ,Real Results
One thing I have kind of neglected in my "autism quest" is the fact many people in our anthropology have a real world factor to their life. Most of the older folk seem to get along pretty well most of the time and don't appear 'obviously autistic' -Unless perhaps you get us lost in deep conversation or we have too many distractions to deal with. On the other hand most of the young Autistic people do tend to be"autisitc" have odd patterns and manors that create the illusion they are worse off than they are.
I have just seen today as a matter of fact a big glimmer of hope as an Autistic friend of mine just left here and I could tell (if he didn't) he made a big stride in Autism Thoughts today as a key part of his conversation with me actually clicked for the first time. It is hard to explain but this 20 something was considered Autistic but, I think today he was able to link key picture thoughts together and I realize that as SUDDENLY his conversation with me finally flowed easy. This real to life social training in a fast paced conversation is just the stuff we endured years before Autism was diagnosed.
I have catered to his thought patterns and interests during our talks like he did mine (allowed us to "read Picture thoughts" ) and Aspie wise we were able to talk about our 'topics' with ease. Today seemed to be a big jumping off point where I seen his thoughts finally bridged a gap from the autism World to the traditional one. He seemed to loose a social handy cap. I suspect it might be months before his appearance and speech pattern really show an obvious improvement but I think someday, someone will tell him you can't be autistic you don't act that way. We hear it all the time! Actually, all we have done today was just simply complete another step of his Autism Experiment. Looking back I think I did what he did today when I was in high school.
For those of us that grew up gay or understand the difference and the time we grew up in you know that being Gay made you a member of an elite group of people that all had to band together for survival. We had forced relationships other Aspie populations were never privileged to endure. We learned many social lessons having to communicate for survival. I now know I bridged lots of picture thoughts to social things in 8-9-10 th grade.
It is just that difference that made Autism Assume the Aspie that made it were, well, Autistic. At the exact same time we were doing our Autism with the added Bonus of a social group and most of us ended up as "normal." It is hard to fathom but we do autism more completely than others most times. I bet If our learning experiences were ever charted in terms of what we have done the only major difference would be our social factor. That seems to the only thing that really separates us from "autistic aspies."
Many of us have learned to water down our thoughts and rethink our simple conversation and thus appear to be normal. Most social chit chat is 90% predictable or you can "bluff" a little bit at times. Smart Aspies pre think their conversation or have the most enduring conversations with a stranger on the telephone. In fact If have met someone on the phone I present pretty normal and that makes a conversation in person easier. Still we typically hold our best conversation on a technical level (nerd to nerd)? And we can usually talk with another Engineer or expert in our field with total ease.
Perhaps if our study is ever completed this will be one of its most obvious points.