Autism is a spectrum disorder that affect every aspect of life for those of us who live with it. It's not a disease to be cured, rather it's a set of cognitive traits that have a lot in common with each other and bring unique perspectives and challenges to life. We're different—not broken. This article describes some of my history with autism and savant syndrome and offers some guidance on having a happy, productive life with these traits.
Synaesthesia is a genetic condition that causes me to see sound and hear light. It also causes me to work with math, language, and music as patterns of colors that interact in predictable ways. This is the essay form of the talk I gave at TEDxSalem on this, as well as a demonstration of a performance of classical music on a guitar that demonstrates what the music looks like to me.
Synesthesia is a genetic condition of unknown cause in which a stimulus of one sense causes an involuntary added perception in one or more other senses, a 'neuro-sensory cross-wiring'. My variant of synesthesia causes the interplay of colors, shapes and sounds. I see sound, hear light, and read and do math in colors.
Prolonged and extreme periods of helplessness can be traumatic. This is an in-depth snapshot of the techniques that have worked for me to survive and recover from traumatic experiences. I share them here in the hope they can help you with any nightmares, flashbacks, anxiety, panic attacks, trembling, stuttering, depression, numbness, depersonalization, and derealization you might be experiencing.