Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Synethesia and Autism

An earlier post on Synethesia intrigued me. So I involved something more common today in children, Autism. I came across a book called “Born on a Blue Day” by Daniel Tammet. Daniel was diagnoses with a high functioning autism and has used Synesthesia to help him socialize. A main reason it is difficult for someone with autism to have social relations with anyone is because, as Daniel stated, there is a disconnection for feelings and understanding them. Since Synesthesia has colors and, for Daniel, different textures he uses them to give him an idea of the feelings someone may have. The feeling sad he relates to a particular number that is dark and cold. The book was published in 2007 and it makes me wonder if this was helpful in any way since then on new understandings of autism.

Daniel Tammet

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