…that some people think in pictures?
- Many folks with Autism Spectrum Disorder do, as eloquently described by Temple Grandin (and brilliantly presented in the movie with her name in the title). Some do not. The variation is wide.
- Most people with ASD are likely to tell the absolute unvarnished truth in all situations, with no thought of consequences.
- ASD folks can learn (and often rigidly folow) social rules, but have trouble understanding flexibility in applying them. They often learn to camouflage themselves.
- Rules, rigidity, and repetition are common.
- Sensory overload is another common characteristic. They develop techniques for coping. People with ASD frequently find it painful to be touched. In many cases a person may like physical sensation, but that they need to initiate it in order to be comfortable.
- Eye contact can be similarly painful.
Why am I researching ASD? You may have figured out by now that I’m working on character development again, this time for The Value of Pity.