The Wild Boy,, Page 31
31 But Victor still flitted from one thing to another, Only food got his full attention. The doctor had an idea : he showed Victor a walnut, then put it under a cup and mixed it up among other cups. Victor watched Carefully and immediately turned over the right cup. The doctor hid the nut again and again, and Victor laughed and found it every time. Even when the doctor replaced the walnut with a ball, Victor always found it on his first try. " Bravo Victor"! cried the doctor, you have learned to pay attention, and you have learned to play.
Dr.Itard as most normal thinkers would, thought he was helping Victor learn to play. Here is the real scoop. Victor was using his keen autistic decibel meter hearing to decode which cup the walnut was under. Unknown to Victor or Dr Itard was the fact while Victors optic vision was being shorted out his hearing (in general) was improved. Thus he heard which place the walnut was. Many of you know the blind community hears more than you do. Its the same thing here, as our Optic vision is OFF our senses "improve" so we get along better. We are in effect deaf and blind when thinking autistically ,except for hearing the slightest whisper or the oddest noise both signal our brain to go back to Optic vision where hearing returns to a more normal range.
For those out of the loop when an autistic person thinks (truly proficient autistic people that build on Temple Grandin's work) our OPTIC vision is off. You can see that in our lack of eye contact. While our optic vision is off our brains interject into our visual field pictures it makes on its own- our thought pictures. Once we learn to read those -translate those pictures into more thought and normal thoughts and convert them speech and water them down from Einstein we can do pretty well.
Most Autistic people never even realize their Optic and brain generated vision is interchanged. Often times the Brain generated image is very close to real optic vision so close -unless your autisitcally "trained" you might not know you have two kinds of vision going on. All of us that figured out this astonishing autism trait did so by Trial and Error and double blind experience. The Autism we figured out is the building block of man's mind. Too bad Autism Speaks (.org) but doesn't listen, even though they claim its time to listen. Rich Shull on the blog Autism Pre Rain Man Autism June 2009
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