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From the Perspective of a Person With Autism Spectrum Disorder 

From the Perspective of a Person With Autism Spectrum Disorder
From the Perspective of a Person With Autism Spectrum Disorder

John M. Williams

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date: 24 May 2022

In the chapter, an adult man with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) describes what his life has been like growing up with ASD. He recounts the feelings of being bombarded and overwhelmed with sensory stimuli during his childhood. He describes the intense anxiety he felt when attempting to interact with others during middle school and high school. In an attempt to deal with loneliness, he has worked with a therapist to better understand how conversations flow and how to appropriately engage other people socially. He has found that his artistic process is an analogy for living with autism: trying to make sense of the world by sorting out the chaos. He is hopeful that the story of his life will be meaningful to others and inspire them to use their gifts to create meaningful lives of their own.

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