I am an adult with autism. My thinking is visual rather than word-based. Autism gifts me with a literal and concrete way of thinking. My thoughts are all in full moving color. You can read about this and about my life in my book called Paper Words, Discovering and Living With My Autism. (Endow, 2009a)
I remember with fondness my institutional social worker and some of my favorite aides who began group therapy sessions with a handful of girls on my ward. The topic was often the same – FEELINGS.
I understood feelings intellectually, knowing their labels and their definitions. I also began to realize that the way I perceived the world – through the movements and sounds of colors –