Autism – a young perspective.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder characterized by the challenges it causes with social interaction, language skills, nonverbal communication; repetitive patterns of behavior; and the display of unique and highly specific strengths and differences compared with other people.

One of the most amazing things that I have come to learn about people who are on the Spectrum, is their ability to see the world we live in from a very different perspective than I can.

In my discipline of Psychology, I come across many individuals with interesting and varied backgrounds, including perceptions on how their own life path has materialized. It is useful to show empathy and to try and see their lives from many angles, while looking for ways to help their situation. The perception process has 3 stages: sensory stimulation and selection, organization, and interpretation. Although we are rarely conscious of going through these stages distinctly, they nonetheless determine how we develop images of the world around us.

When I come across individuals that are Autistic or have similar traits, I feel enlightened in a way, of being priviledged to hear how perceptions of our world and society we share are so different. From taking words and actions literally to a world viewpoint on how everything fits together to create order, when many of us face deeply chaotic lifestyles at breakneck speed.

The people on the Autistic Spectrum usually take things quite literally, and while some things are amusing to us, these same things are confusing to others.

The example photo below I think highlights this. What are your thoughts on this. Do you find this funny or not?

I can see both sides of the logic. Yes it is amusing as the instruction is carried out to the letter. Reading social cues or situations is an area that many people on the Autism Spectrum find to be a strange and confusing phenomena. For example; the man in the black suit told the man in the light shirt to take a seat. Therefore the man in the light short obliged and took one of the seats.

But nothing is ever black or white. Take my teenage son who is on the Autism Spectrum. I showed the above photo to him and asked for his opinion. He laughed, and found it mildly amusing. In other instances he finds social cues confusing and will take situations quite literally. Some Autistic people have a great sense of humour and others find humour to be an alien concept.

It all comes down to the individual and their unique perspective on the world.

Finally to end this post, I would like to know what you can see in the following photo, and yes it is a classic psychology test!

8 thoughts on “Autism – a young perspective.

  1. Initially I saw what thought was a male silhouette- trousers walking, sucking his fingers or biting his finger nails. I also saw the while face of a woman.
    Now, having read the comments I can see a man with a sax or ?? more clearly than at first glance. The power of popular persuasion!

    Your cartoon reminded me of something else!

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  2. I see two things! The first was a saxophonist playing with clouds behind him. My perception changed quickly and I then saw a skeletal man with a protruding chin and a top-knot bun type of hairdo. Rather tribal looking man. And honestly for some reason the first tribal looking man that came to mind upon seeing it that way is Layne Staley of Alice in Chains (RIP).
    What an interesting morning exercise. Enjoyed it thanks.

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