Autism, Nail Cutting , and Speech
Feeling Toes and Autism and even speech
Please refer to my recent post on the missing 2-9 on the pain scale.
Well, OK we feel the one on the pain scale and then the Ten,,,,, Trouble is the one is over sensitive and I suspect this guy is being drove crazy as his nails grow out. It seems we have normal feeling one place on our body it is, the skin and right at the tips our nails. As the nail grows and "glides" along the skin it drives us crazy. The relief I feel today when I cut my nails is just amazing and it seems like tons of stress is removed from me when my nails are really short. I get the same feeling from toe and finger nails they have to be short and the I also cut a 45 'corner on each side of them.
As for the clinched toes and fists all he is probably doing is pulling the skin away from his nails and like when I cut my nails short and get relief he is getting the same effect. I find we cut our nails a bit shorter than most people and yes they sometimes bleed (toe) as I really cut close and make sure the corner of the nail is cut. I could see where an Autism parent of today would be horrified of that and not let their kid cut his-her own nails. But if you cut the nails as you think they should be cut you haven't helped our problem.
As for licking his palms we always seem to need salt, many of us in the real world that missed this modern autism often report having a craving for salt. Even though many of us eat a normal type diet we still fell the need for even more salt. I can only guess the gluten free diet of today is also probably more salt free as well. Thus when he licking his palms he is simply getting the salt from his skin.
Several years ago when I met the old time OLD autism researcher and we were talking shop (he was told to get with new autism ideals or quit) We talked a good bit about the need for salt. He was not shocked at all that I often got salt directly from the salt shaker several times a day and still had a craving for more. Some days I really need lots of salt and others are fine I don't need the extra. I wish some modern autism 'expert' would even know to ask why or even better do a study to see why we need extra salt?
Finally see what you get when NORMAL people study non normal people and will not listen to us? See the insight they miss? See how the normal persons natural blinders naturally hide the obvious? As we overcame autism on our own, AND LEARNED TO TALK we inadvertently learned to translate picture thoughts to real words. Modern Autism if it did nothing else took away our very chance at doing that-learning to talk. Would it not be wild if the poor chap talked about in this post could talk? Just what would he say? By his actions alone it seems he is doing the same thing we did, but modern autism as got him in its grips and the poor guy is being held back and killed with kindness. See what happens when you assume we are dumb as a sack of rocks? I know we present that way but at one time we really didn't it is only modern Autism's practices that make us idiots. Many of us were thankfully absently able to over come and we did. It is all a moot point it seems the 'Experts' have elected themselves 'experts' . I hope the day comes when someone really does figure out autism and they realize the fine line of success and failure that we have figured out in our double-blind experience.
Aspie Spectrum parents your our only hope in getting our message out, the late Dr Rimland was horrified our anthropology (the results of it) and even the new Autism Leaders of the Autism society know us. They don't like the very high functioning aspect to our lives and the Idea most of our people do a mostly normal life despite the autism we figured out on our own. We all build on the work on Temple Grandin. Temple seems to be the highest functioning Autistic person they will own up to. There are at least 200 more of us and most of us drive and hold normal jobs. Perhaps they don't want to know about that? It seems like they don't. Please ask Dr. Cathy Pratt at the Autism Society of America and others on the board about us. I can only guess the answer you will get will not be complementary. We were lucky they even admitted to us in the recent past and retagged old autism in to Crypto Sensitive Autism.
Rich Shull,,,, Http://prerainmanautism.blogspot.com
The "best autism book ever" ALAN TURING: The Enigma By Andrew Hodges Simon and Schuster New York. Copyright 1983 Related Item PBS-BBC show entitled Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitmore, based on The Enigma.