Thoughts from Book Lecture
I was among the standing room only crowd at the Speech and Hearing center. Seated directly in front of me were the young adults with autism, those poor souls. I seen lots of autistic behaviors and actions that had a real honest reason and yet no one autistically knew "why we do it." A gentleman in front of me was tilting back in his chair and then putting the leg of the chair on the heel of his shoe making a pressure point (Temple's pressure devise) to calm himself (unknowingly). Another guy was taping his leg (he was wearing shorts) and he was unknowingly trying to "wake up is feelings" by slapping his hand on his leg. He doesn't know he only feels the surface of his skin and there are occasional "feelings" coming from inside our bodies and by tapping or rubbing or scratching were are simply experiencing those feelings. It seems our nervous systems don't feel things deep in our bodies. Our hearing is VERY sensitive and our feelings are very cave person like. Sean mentions the food textures and that too is another cave person sensory issue. Another poor guy in from of me was probably experiencing the feeling of body hair growing in as I remember his movements as well.
Sean talked as I have and many others with Autism have that all of our hearing is BACKGROUND NOISE and indeed he is right but yet not one autism gate keeper has installed a decibel meter in a class room to get some idea just what it is we hear. Modern autistcs had no choice but to be just dummed down and they now just ignore their high pitched noise gift. It still interferes with their thought process like it does mine but they don't even know they hear too much and never learned to control it. I was the only on in the room last night wearing a hearing filter to try to calm some of that. I use my gift of hearing to troubleshoot cars I hear stuff the other mechanics never do. THANKFULLY I lost some hearing ability with age and have to work to hear the high stuff in one ear these days. As out of tune serien from EMS Vechicles went by I seen lots of autisitc people respond them them but the drugs they are on squelched their major reaction and if they never knew that was odd they never learned to handle that correctly in an autistc form like we did.
There is a whole other plateau in autism understanding and if Autism thoughts did not yield normal thoughts eventually autism would have NO success at all in getting their kids to do anything. Just as our anthropology absently learned our picture thoughts that are supposed to happen during the lack of eye contact (never in a text book before) Sean and Temple Grandin also learned lot of those thoughts by happenstance. Our happenstance luck and learning exposed the Di Vinci Code of the mind and modern Autism just gets by like Sean and Temple do well as well as, Autistic can do minus honest autism education and knowledge that to this day has never been discovered by the professionals. I knew and felt every word Sean said as he described his communication experiences. If only he knew his picture thought autism thought system he would have known he is DEAF and BLIND as his autism thoughts develop. While that presents as lack of eye contact in modern Autism it is the point where old autistic like me inserted our picture thoughts and figured them out and converted them to speech and actions. AUTISTIC of today and our professionals DON "T REALIZE our optic and brain generated vision is interchanged and he has never learned to think with one or the other. As he talked of Face blind his own and others that is just telling me his optic vision like all of ours has been shorted out way too often. In young autistic there is often very little difference between OPTIC and brain generated vision and thus many people don't even know there are two different things going on. As we learned we had lack of eye contact AND those blank thoughts told us what to do we learned to use them. Once we control those thoughts figure them out and learn to communicate translate those thoughts NORMAL THOUGHTS just like you use are the results. Autism Thoughts are indeed the building blocks of the mind. During those autism thoughts we are very clumsy and you would be too if your optic vision was off. Like a blind person our hearing goes in to hyper drive to keep us safe as our optic vision is turned off.
If Sean knew his picture thoughts he would know like we do Picture in Picture thoughts the ones that make us social and allow us to keep optic eye contact and still think in pictures. He would know 3 and 4 dimension thoughts the ones that make us Einstein. He would know projection thoughts the ones that allow us to walk and chew gum at the same time. They also make driving much easier for us. He would know how to pre think conversations (he already does this with his witty comments) . All of these Autism thoughts ARE steps above what Temple Grandin wrote about in Thinking in Pictures and they are the very thoughts that we figured out that nearly make us normal. Again NONE OF THIS DI VINCI code has been in a text book before and it just doesn't ring true and it just doesn't jive with the Ph.D. knowledge of peer reviewed psychologist that wear their very own set of blinders. Just how can autism be so simple and just simply be a different kind of human thought process and NOT a neurological disorder? How could autism basics like we know be taught by 6th grade? How can Autism be more of a cave person learning system and mindset than something big and bold requiring billions in research dollars and experts galore?
If Autism Professionals would care to listen and unite our anthropology of very high functioning people like me whom they will NOT admit to they might well learn the same things we do and be shocked to discover like we have the building blocks of the mind. I have a Dream (Dr King) that someday this whole Autism Charade will be understood and Autism will be a simple Grade 1-6 Pre School where once we are done with that we can be mainstreamed into real life. Our Old Anthropology if we were united and exposed and figured out could tell you how to do just that! Autism is SIMPLE if you know the key. If you don't it is a nurlogical disorder and if it is not treated correclty it is the horrible mess and epedimic we loath today. Factor out the Movie Rain Man and the hoopla it created and Autism like I just described would be figured out by now and indeed autism would be a grade 1-6 Pre School. Progress is not always progress.
Rich Shull on the blog Atomic Autism and Pre Rain Man Autism. Rich is inventor of the autisitcally designed Turing Motor named of autisitc hero Alan Turing (1912-1954).