Ideas from the Inside
How very interesting, A sinus infection? and then hitting himself.
There might be something to BOTH of those claims, (unknown to the psychologist probably) As for the sinus Infection it would probably have to be pretty severe for him to feel it. Many in our anthropology really feel pain for the time Ever in our 30's with a bad tooth and then the SHPARP searing pain goes away instantly when the tooth breaks. He might not feel any pain from it but perhaps he has a stopped up nose or plugged ears.
As for the Eyes and rubbing them and the pounding He might very well be lost in picture thought. REALLY perhaps he is looking at and just discovering his picture thoughts? I could see where he is rubbing his eyes in an effort to figure out where his optic vision went! REALLY! If he is having brain generated Images that he is thinking with they are what he is seeing NOT the Optical vision! He might be seeing a perfect brain generated image made by his brain in association with what he hears. Example if he heard the word FAN or more likely If the word FAN were the answer to a question he might see a visual Image of the a FAN made by his brain. (think daydream) He would then have to figure a way to get the word FAN from that picture thought to a real word to be spoken. THIS IS the autism translation process and the key to Autism that we learned by trial and error. (speech and stuttering might be explained here If we were ever figured out)
I could see where he might pound his head in an attempt to move that image around as he proably hasn't figured out yet his brain made it and HE IS NOT seeing it optically. There are times I'd love to pound my head on the Talbe and have it act like a rubber stamp and just have a PERFECT autism thought fall out on the table. Autism Thoughts are so complicated we have found compairing notes in our anthropology that we need to water them down. A picture thought is worth a 1000 words and a million thoughts. The million thought part of it is where the Savant, gets his ideas from. The high functioning person simply has better ability in communication and has developed some way to get his image streams translated. Needless to say none of this has ever been in a text book before. Despite all of us doing it and having figured out proficient picture thoughts no one in Autism will bother to even take the time to study our success. We figured this out with the silmist of margins and have proved it over time and the very factors that absently made us successfull in REAL Life are no longer available to the modern helped too much Aspie and his poor stressed family.
What really scares me more than anything since diagnosis has become common we seem to have lost generations of naturally occouring Aspies (like we were) and where we do a simblance of real life and are proficinet picture thinkers. Our modern Counterparts even If they finally realize they have picture thought ability have been threw the system and have learned above all else (unintentionally) they can't Do a thing. I have tutored many graduating from the new era and indeed many do connect with their picture thoughts but getting them to dip their toe in the water to try out a few things is nearly impossible. While we absently got to hide and learn and deal with our autism picture thoughts modern aspies are forced to give up all types of thoughts that are not normal as our teachers see it. Duplicate our conditions and you will duplicate our success. Perhaps that is what modern Autism really is afraid of? Rich Shull >