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    The Autism Spectrum

    For people who are familiar with this: what would you say it means to be "on the spectrum?"

    I think the simple answer would be "they see the world differently," and maybe that's all that can be said in a general sense (as in, maybe there's such a wide range of autistic people that it can't be generalized further). I'm wondering if any other generally accurate statements could be made.
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    I think it has to do with the way you process stimuli differently from the norm. My son is on the spectrum, and he has problems with lack of empathy and with being laser focused on a task. He processes those stimuli differently from how I do.


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    The essence of the spectrum seems to be focused around one's type and level of social interaction.

    There also can be a degree of fixation on discussion of one's own hobbies or interests rather than in typical social dialogues.


    Edit: Okay. BTC beat me to that description. I think the 'different way of seeing things' could result from the degree of independence from socialization and, more critically, group-think. That is to say that your ideas aren't so much derived from things you hear while socializing. You aren't just repeating what you absorbed from other people.
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    I don't really know but I always thought it is mostly about how they don't seem to "get" social situations, almost like an outsider looking in. A bit "naive" when it comes to social cues and such. But there is such a wide range that it is hard to pin down. I know it also in some forms seems to be people that are overly sensitive to stimuli like light and sound and touch and will withdraw in order to not have to feel all those sensations.

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    Normal folks alert to social cues, body language, tone of voice, emotion, also others. Autists are blind to all this, we can call them stimuli.

    For autists, 'balance' is more sensitive to other stimuli.
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    Thanks, all...interesting responses. There were a couple of facets that I hadn't thought of before, so I'm glad I asked the question.
    Hofstadter's Law: It will always take longer than you expect, even if you take into account Hofstadter's Law.

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    My youngest brother was diagnosed with Asperger's not long ago but that recently switched to DDNOS (almost autistic but not quite). Three of my cousins are autistic on some level. They all display some difficulty socializing normally and can't help it, and have a hard time thinking spontaneously because they are more calculating and logic-oriented, their personality seems more computer-like. External stimuli are difficult to keep track of and process but their inner world is abundant, and abstract thinking comes more easily than it does for non-spetrum people.

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