“From as early as I can remember, other children seemed to want to have a dig at me,” he told the Daily Mail. “I was constantly teased at primary school, with people calling me names like ‘nerdy’ and ‘gay’. Once one started, it wouldn’t take long before others joined in. At worse they would push me around physically and a couple of kids threatened to beat me up in an alleyway. I tried to toughen up and deal with it but it gets unbearable after a while.” Hat tip to More Than Coping
Nonverbal Learning Disability explained by psychologists Jessica Broitman, Ph.D and Jack Davis, Ph.D, and learning specialist, Kitty Lindow, M.Ed.
Very lucid account of growing up with Aspergers by Daniel Wendler, author of a useful online guide to social skills at improveyoursocialskills.com/, also available in Kindle.
If you’re not autistic but would like to know what autism feels like, here’s a little taste, a video simulation of sensory overload, put together by an autistic person.
This is a video by Willow Marsden that kind of simulates a bit of what it’s like to be autistic (of course, symptoms and severity vary from person to person). Autistics have a hard time filtering out background thoughts, sounds, sights and sensations; so it’s like being in a television store with every TV blaring out a different channel. BTW she has Asperger’s and is a gifted artist, photographer and graphic designer. Do browse her online store, or contact her if you’d like any graphic design work done. There’s one of her photos below the video, and you can buy prints from her store.
Below is another video simulation of a first-person experience of autism, starring Carly Fleischmann. She has an oral motor condition that prevents her from speaking, but is able to think verbally (and communicate through a keyboard, which is not used in this video). Again, her condition is not typical of all autistics, everyone is different. Having said that, the sensory overload depicted in the video is a common feature of autism.
There are a couple more first-person simulations here and here, both well-worth watching.
Sam is an autistic boy with a talent for photography. See more of Sam’s pictures on his Facebook. Check out the video about him at the end of this post. Because autistics are less able to filter out background stimuli, they often notice things that others might not. Good if you’re a photographer, or a detective?
This is a fundraising video produced for Autism Speaks, mothers talking about their experiences and struggles parenting an autistic child. Hanky alert, seriously.