Just getting started here, but wanted to give you guys an idea of what to expect in upcoming posts.
The game-plan: I’d like to begin offering posts and videos about the autism spectrum. I’ll be pulling directly from my own life and creating small vignettes and stories that spotlight different facets of the spectrum. For now, I’m primarily interested in writing about childhood and adolescence, but everything is on the table.
The details: At the age of 30, I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. It was only then that I began to understand why the social world had been so confusing for me: I was born without the natural ability to develop body language. I have a limited ability to both express non-verbal communication…and interpret it in others. In other words: growing up, I was a physical blank slate and lacked the body language needed to integrate with the complex social world around me.
Topics: I’ll be writing about my attempts to initiate friendships; my difficulties with group play; what it was like teaching myself to both use and identify body language. I’ll be writing about neurology, alienation and depression. There are more topics than I can name, but the goal is to provide an inside look at the autism spectrum and demonstrate that understanding and connection is not just possible: it’s essential.
This is about how we communicate. With words. With movement.
This is about invisible strings.