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26 Responses to “vlog 38: aspergers, synesthesia, and the rhythm of stims”
  1. anamomda says:

    Being able to easily read upside down is a very useful skill — especially when it comes to bedtime storybooks.

  2. anamomda says:

    Thanks for commenting.
    I understand the whole narration thing — as a grade schooler, i used to skip around on the checkered floors of clothing stores while my mother shopped, hopping from one square to the next while narrating the dance in my head, hoping that someday a blouse-hunting talent scout would “discover” me, and whisk me away to a new life.

  3. anamomda says:

    “I have to change the tempo”.
    Interesting. :)

  4. sybeve says:

    Oh! And speaking of walking – I used to narrate my walking as if I was writing narration or a I was “in” a book. ie; “She walked through the park, noticing the clouds were getting darker” or “She stepped into the street hurrying as a car was coming” etc. etc…. I don’t care who sees this of if they think it’s weird anymore! No! We’re NOT “Bizarre” – we’re just US. Different than NT’s maybe, but so what?! I adore my NT husband for his differences & he for mine; so what?! I loved this video.

  5. sybeve says:

    I can read words that are upside down &/or backwards very easily… used to think everyone could do that! I’ve also practiced to be able to pick things up with my feet; I don’t know why; guess I thought it would come in handy if I ever lost my hands for some reason! (“ready for ANYthing” you know?!) I need to develop a better stim that biting off my cuticles too! OUCH! Yours is much less painful! Thanks for another wonderful video! :o )

  6. MrsBambi1 says:

    I like to walk in a steady tempo too. But if I hear music playing at the same tempo that I am walking, it drives me nuts and I have to change my tempo.

  7. joshua246810 says:

    i think exactly the same. i like hearing you talk.

  8. sushipie29 says:

    Read the second comment first. Ha.

  9. sushipie29 says:

    Yes, obviously you have have an exceptional skill to speak and convey your thoughts but I can tell that it is a learned ability with you and not natural. I also have aspergers with severe social disability but at the same time I have spent the last 29 years intently observing the motions and actions of others and I can pinpoint even the most minute differences in people. That doesn’t mean I know how to interact with people but I am extremely good at reading them.

  10. sushipie29 says:

    It’s hard for me to say a word unless I know how to spell it. I see words in my head all the time. It’s very interesting that you bring that up. I have tried to explain this to others and they just don’t get it. I have been watching your videos and I can see many signs of aspergers by watching you. Those comments where people were saying you weren’t autistic was making me unecessarily angry.

  11. logician3 says:

    Fasinating, the first time I heard about somebody needing rythmic based kinesthetic stimulation was by watching a bio dvd on the rapper Eminem. He rocked back and forth to any music playing up until he was like 8 years old. Is there a name for this condition??

  12. ConstantC4 says:

    Well I can by this count the number of words or certain characters in a sentience and also i can say stuff backwards char by char or otherwise really fast for rather complex messages I can also memorize short text pretty well the only problem that it makes me swallow vowels and sounds due to not finding them at the right time if i speak too fast. i i think most people can do this to some extent anyway i do primarily think in words or pure association if i am focused with more of a babble on min

  13. AnotherOneAnd says:

    Me and brother head banged on our pillow as kids. I also kicked my feet to a rhythm, and even hummed. Sounds weird when its typed. But so it is.

  14. bubbaluvchocolate says:

    i think that you r a very intrising person. i also have asperger’s my self. i think that i got dieignost with this in my early child hod. just so tht u know i am a male going in to 14.
    (sorry about the misspelling and i am just using my friend’s youtube a count)

  15. champagnevoluptuous says:

    I do the rhythmic stuff, too! ALL of it! I didn’t know there were other people out there that did that! I’m trying to figure out if I have Asperger’s. One family member I discussed this with called me a hypochondriac. I assured her that I wasn’t afraid of getting sick or dying and explained that it is a neurological and social syndrome. I am just wondering if people with Asperger’s have family members that refuse to take them seriously about this or don’t believe them.

  16. ChocolatePoopagloop says:

    This made a whole lot of sense to me. I have synesthesia with colour and sound, and to and extent days of the week. I see the words pop into my head as I say them, and I always seem to have background noise or static in my head. Music (one or 2 bars, lyrics) will be playing constantly. I used to jump on the bed every night before sleeping, and yes I did try to get a rhythm. I excelled in music, but I never pursued it. I ALWAYS put movement to music, shots and camera angles. I love visual things

  17. skriglangka says:

    Sound mean a lot to me.

    I just HAVE to know what makes a sound I hear. So, I go hunting for a sound source at home or at work.

    I often have a one or two line melodi circling in my head as I run (normally a 60-90 minuts run). And i take the same number of steps every i breath. Somtimes I have to slow down, because I don’ t want to change the rythm. That is i take shoter steps.

    When I write or speak, I am carefull not to use the same words, when ever posible. To do that sounds ugly to me.

  18. Ginnamom says:

    intreseting topic… I’m a mom dx with ADHD(my friends say i “dance” around the spectrum) I have a husband undx ASperger’s and 3 kids and 11 yo boy dx As, 10 yo girl un dx As and a 6 yo girl dx Adhd. I “think in rythyms in terms of music I can play 4 instruments and can’t even read music. MY son and Hubby say they “think” in numbers they count everything. My 10 yo girl can see a something and draw it in picture perfect detail she says she “thinks pictures” my 6 yo thinks in patterns.

  19. farmerdeath says:

    it makes me feel better, to know other people do these things too. the stuff you talk about in your video, i mean. i have a lot of trouble falling asleep, a LOT. i don’t know what i am diagnosed as, if anything, but words and numbers and shapes are flowing through my mind constantly and i can never get any sleep. thankyou for the video :)

  20. WickersPoet says:

    Please read my review OMISSIONS of Tammet’s book.

  21. aspiemom2 says:

    Rhonda, I would love to email and talk with you. I have asperger characteristics with sensory issues but I am a VERY nurturing person. I would love to talk to you about these two issues nurturing and bonding”?


  22. mrmetalheadmonster says:

    That pretty much all made sense to me! I am a synesthete but I don’t have aspergers but I have a few friends that do so all this made alot of sense!

  23. JonahTorn says:

    The sound and Language emphasis sounds like my tourettes. Sounds feel really good or really bad. I write in meter by counting sounds, but I am not formally educated in verse, poetry meter ect… and I wrote a fifty five page poem really fast as I my tics became worse. Talking to yourself and singing to yourself can be a tic as well. You sound more like me than anyone I have heard of with Autism or Aspergers. Mozart who may have had Tourettes and claimed he “heard” his music in his head.

  24. wimpy617 says:

    I assume you’ve read ‘the curious incident of the dog in the nighttime”. I’m sure you have. It wasn’t written by a person w/ aspergers, but I think it captures it pretty well.

  25. xCrazyxKatx says:

    I do that, as well.

    My pencil crayons always had to be in rainbow order, and for some reason, I would always give groups of people an order.

  26. louis d says:

    You don’t really understand what it’s like to have aspergers, because if you did you wouldn’t have gone on a tangent with the rythm of stims. The description of aspergers with the behavior of repetative movements is like the last thing someone would note on an asperger’s character. The reason is because a full autistic person would have more of this type of trait and aspergers would have less of this peculier behavior and more things to know what’s different about them such as social dyslexia, lonliness, a.d.d./a.d.h.d., emotional withdrawl/lack of empathy, anxiety and depression. I mean, I crack my hands and back on a regular basis I am repetative in the sense of my deep intellectual knowledge of interests. Also, I will repeat lines from a favorite (usually funny) part of a movie or a few songs, but that’s about the extent of it. Other people with other disabilities that aren’t even on the autistic spectrum, but more on the retarded spectrum would do such things. Also, normal people like you would of course go on with this topic which really goes off of the subject of a true person with aspergers. This makes us sound like we don’t have aspergers to a normal person who reads about aspergers and has at least 50% of the wrong idea of the person and would find it hard to believe that the person has aspergers who says they have it. You normal people that wish you had aspergers are the one’s that mess it up for the rest of the people who have true aspergers because you are the one’s writing about the traits of aspergers on websites and blogs in completly the wrong way. It’s like when I discovered I had aspergers last summer I had to ignore quite a few things that were being described about aspergers because I’m the real deal and I know I have it.

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