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The faces of autism

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We are developmentally all over the place in almost every aspect of our lives. So where do we fit in on this giant spectrum?
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O body, where art thou?

The Person Inside

By linking the neuroscience of autism with observations of my functioning, I am better able to understand my everyday challenges.
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Compulsion complexity

The Person Inside

Engaging in these behaviors brings about a mixture of emotions. On one level, they are strangely comforting. At the same time, these behaviors are highly annoying, irritating and exhausting.
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First transitions

The Person Inside

There is really no other way of handling transitions than systematic desensitization — repeatedly walking through the doorway and thinking through the steps before going in to reduce that unknown factor.
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The women in my life

The Person Inside

All these women chose to believe in the possibility of individuals like me. All these women helped me build confidence and contribute to making the individual I am today.
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Sensory walkabout

The Person Inside

The skin is the largest sensory organ in the body, so there is sensory input coming in literally from head to toe. It is both agony and ecstasy.
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Communication conundrum

The Person Inside

The mind of an autistic person can truly be a marvel, since we interact with our environment in rather unique ways, which lends unique perspectives.
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