Moving Day – My Xanga Archive

Well, Xanga decided to go to a feed service, and I have twenty bucks to my name. How does that help? It doesn’t. I decided to bring my Xanga archive to you.

Entry 1:

THE FIRST OFFICIAL QUESTION:  What are the Effects of Autism and how does it Affect People? -A. Venetianer

Autism affects your senses, affects your social life, and affects your ability to communicate what you need.<br /> The senses are affected simply in this sense: you cannot block them out. They come on strong to you at the same time. Most people can block out background senses, but I myself cannot. I am like a recorder outside or in a crowded room. Everything is coming toward me so hard and fast that I can barely assess it. I am luckier than most in this, though, because many of us with Autism can&rsquo;t; this is what usually leads to those infamous meltdowns we have.  Now, we come to the social life. Often, the question is, “What social life?” because our various quirks and meltdowns often lead to a complete lack of social life. We have to be taught various social graces and body language like most people have to be taught math – hard and continually throughout our lives. We don’t get facial expressions, idioms, cliche’s, body language, or even knowing when someone is lying to us unless we are taught. We find it hard to make and keep friends. We are also bullied mercilessly because of our quirks. Because of this bullying, I am still shocked that people from my high school even want to be my Facebook friend. In that vein, I can now turn to communication. Communication is difficult at best. Start with the need to be taught how to socialize, add our quirks, bring the sensory overload, and add a dash of need to be taught to use our words &ndash; you have a recipe for disaster. That is why we scream when things are quiet. We are trying to tell you what we need, but we can. Sometimes, we win. Sometimes we lose. Most of the time, we get frustrated and quit. This is now Autism affects us.