posted on Jul, 25 2010 @ 05:49 AM
I think she is amazing and brought back a flood of memories for me.
I couldn't speak for 4 years of my early childhood, simply communicating through sounds, physical movements and pictures.
My parents were told the usual things, he may be retarded or have mental deficiency etc and I can appreciate how they must have felt when they heard
Eventually there was a breakthrough, my uncle started to teach me to talk by using a reward system with sweets and chocolates and after a year or so I
started to communicate (albeit very slowly).
I still have traits of mild autism in me but over the years I have learn't to develop myself around any obstacles and often use my limitations for my
I can relate to the girl in the video, while not having anything as severe I am unable to go alone into public places due to the sensory overload I
experience that plays havoc with my mind and body (I get disorientated and get stuck in repetitive thoughts e.g. I will over analyse and process
something I saw, heard or felt for days on end).
I have a visual memory but I process information in a jigsaw pattern and need to be on my own to organise the information into a manner that I can
comprehend or express to others.
I have some physical symptoms but they are very mild, I still get problems with coordination e.g. picking up a dinner plate my hand will shake
dropping it or I will completely misjudge my physical actions.
But are they deficiencies?
No because I have learn't overcome them and I know with time, that girl will learn to do the same.
Yes I have different way of seeing the world and I often surprise people with my observations and analysis of something but does that make me some how
superior, inferior or something less?
I am no different to anyone else, just unique to myself.
If you look at me now you wouldn't think I had mild autism and was bi-polar. I live a normal healthy life (well up to 90% I would say), have 3
amazing children and a job where I am able to apply my unique mind.
I practice martial arts and do power lifting/body building, mainly to overcome my physical problems and also as a way to direct my physical body
towards something rewarding.
Life is difficult at times for anyone whether you are perceived to be any lesser or greater in the public arena.
What makes a difference is how we approach these problems and overcome them because end of the day you can get all the help, therapy and advice in the
world but you have to realise the only person who can help you is you.
We have so many misconceptions in this world it's a tragedy. Blinded by institutional dogma people believe everything has a measure, as if
'normality' and intelligence can be measured through some form of instrumentation, and then applying these stats against the public alienating
someone who has the potential to be amazing whilst giving credence to the false egos that rule this world.
I digress, I believe the girl will turn out okay with her life and I know most of the people like me who related to this post, will/are doing just
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