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[Mar. 17th, 2005|12:54 am]
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I was wondering if I could get some help on interacting w/ two different people who are one two different levels of autism and also, if I'm right in assuming they *are* autistic (i don't want to be rude). i have a specific reason needing to know and i'll explain once i get some answers that make sense.

The first girl is lori. she seems to be really intelligent, makes eye contact, smiles and laugh and tries to interact with people but gets frustrated because nobody can really understand her. she can take care of herself well enough that she can live on her own but it's obvious she's disabled. she usually has her head tilted down and sideways and more often than not, has her hands drawn up like a bunny, or she holds her right wrist with her left second finger and thumb. sometimes she'll just carress her right hand with her left hand. She likes to have her left palm scratched with things like sharp new keys, long fingernals and forks. She can sit still but prefers to rock. the more excited she is, the harder she rocks. if she gets angry, she'll stomp or rock back to hit her head or hit her head with the side of her hand. she also likes to click her tounge. She *can* talk but prefers not to, mostly saying "muh" (more or mama, nobody can really tell), "nuh" and "buh bye". she really likes techno music.

What confuses me are her motor skills. she grabs for things with her fingers spread wide and sometimes she'll drop whatever she's holding. she can hold small objects as well as big and it doesnt seem difficult to her. she can also type. not peck but type. but she can't write.

what can i do to interact with her? i kind of want to teach her to talk or to write or something. i dont know. she just seems really freaking cool and i want to be her friend. i just don't know how to act around her. and does it sound like she's autistic? i've kind of just assumed she was.

second girl is Kami. she likes to stare at the ceiling. she doesn't seem to realize that there is anyone around her. You can sit her down and she wont move for hours. Other times, she'll just randomly get up and walk away. She doesn't respond much at all, whether you yell at her or just talk to her. like lori, she responds to techno music. is *she* autistic or is it something else? how can i interact with her? I've been told she responds to me more than anybody else so i'm kind of hoping i can help her...i dunno... i really think some interaction would help her.

anybody's responses would be appreciated.

[User Picture]From: solar_angel
2005-03-17 10:57 am (UTC)
I think all autistics like techno music (or related genres, from light stuff like rave/eurodance to heavy stuff like industrial/EBM/etc). I know I've gone through phases of liking almost all of those genres myself, eventually mostly settling on the EBM.

Music helps the mind focus, brings clarity. The loud, pumping bass is especially important - which is why this sort of music in particular works so well. Get a subwoofer and spin the dial on it - when you can't hear, I can think :P

As for the specific cases you mention, you seem to be right on about the presentation... As for what you can do, just remember that not everybody even *wants* to be "just like everyone else". Many high-function autistics choose to abandon speech for sign language, which is just simply more natural for someone with a picture-thinking mind.
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From: anonimusy
2005-03-17 08:21 pm (UTC)
"Many high-function autistics choose to abandon speech for sign language"
Lori prefers sign language. She picked it up from the other girl in my house that can hear but is mute.

Is it really that you can't think unless there is music or does the music just help get rid of all the other distractions?

I promised an explanation after I got a response. The reason I wanted to know about this is because I live in a system (multiple personalities) and am the only one here who can talk. I'm wanting to get as much information about it as I can because the husband of the main person needs to know how to work with Kami should she ever front.
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[User Picture]From: solar_angel
2005-03-17 09:41 pm (UTC)
Interesting, another aspie/autistic plural/plural couple?

The fact that my icon has a name on it is no accident. *wink*

As for the music, it's basically that any input below a given noise floor causes the noise to be picked up instead... Noise is notoriously bad for thinking. Even in a perfectly quiet room, below a certain threshold the mind will invent input - not hallucinatory, but the sense will still have the feeling of "fullness". This happens on every sense to someone. Difficulty with dark rooms, quiet sounds, or the feeling of the air pressing against the skin.
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From: anonimusy
2005-03-17 10:09 pm (UTC)
Huh. I never noticed that until you mentioned it. A quiet room as always seemed noisless. Now it doesn't seem so noisless any more.

"Interesting, another aspie/autistic plural/plural couple?"

Do you mean a system with autistic members? Or do you mean a system with both autistc members and an autistc main-person? What was the plural couple? The husband is a singleton.
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[User Picture]From: rainbow_goddess
2005-04-09 05:57 am (UTC)
I think all autistics like techno music (or related genres, from light stuff like rave/eurodance to heavy stuff like industrial/EBM/etc)

Not me.
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