The way autism happened for me was slowly. When I was little, I remember that wanting things when I did was harder and harder to communicate. All ways to call were affected. Sometimes really looking was hard. When I wanted to approach, my eyes wouldn’t work to focus. I was very exasperated and wanted to tell all around me and words would never come out. When all others were speaking, I would understand but my body would not cooperate and would do things autistic-like, such as awful acts to hurt myself, standing around on high furniture and jumping, and really eating anything anyplace, anytime. Even though I knew the language, I couldn’t share what was happening. The way out was not clear.
I believe my ability to type existed starting at age 3, when I read a dictionary and realized what it was- the key to our language. From there, I was self-taught to read. I have probably a greater interest in others than most, maybe because of my dysfunctions. Everyone who is challenged is motivated in the same way.
March 19, 2012