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  •  What a fascinating perspective on this! (4+ / 0-)

    I'm not 100% NT myself (mild dyscalculia (numbers flip orientation and order sometimes), but despite this, I've got the spacial sense and ability to spot patterns that has in the past allowed me to work as a data analyst - I just have to double- and triple-check the work to make sure nothing's accidentally reversed. I also have a very mild case of  dysgraphia (mostly flipping the letters p, q, b, and d when I write) unless I really concentrate - or touch-type, which seems to short-circuit the issue. I've been able to work as a technical writer and editor for years without trouble.

    I also have that "see it whole" thing (the balloon analogy); it's useful to be able to see the entire structure of a piece of writing, or how artwork will look when I'm done with it, but its most practical application is that I rarely get lost once I've seen a map and orient myself within it - it's a little bit like having a GPS in my head. Very useful when traveling (if the maps are to scale)!

    Still, my slightly non-NT brain is not on the Autism spectrum, so I do not face some of the challenges you and your daughter do. I think your daughter is lucky to have a parent who can be uniquely supportive to her as she learns to navigate her way through life. This diary is a fascinating peek inside the way you think and experience the world. I really enjoyed reading it!

    It also helps me understand some of my former colleagues better. As you say, people with HFA/Aspergers gravitate toward engineering, math or the sciences and many are quite brilliant. I worked in an Ivy League statistical center for many years and most of our IT staff was from MIT, so the behaviors and quirks of interaction you describe are very familiar to me.

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