No You Don’t – Essays from an Unstrange Mind by Sparrow Rose Jones, eBook 2013 Edition; an Extended Review with < My Thoughts > by Sara Luker
(28% indicates the eReader book location, instead of page reference numbers).
28% Introduction: “I am not a different species, an alien creature, a changeling, a robot, a freak of nature, my mind is ‘unstrange’. I am a familiar word, pronounced with a different accent. I am your mother’s recipe prepared by a stranger. I am your favorite song, recorded by a new artist. I am a human being; I am Autistic.”
Have you ever spent half the day lost in the beauty of watching how water moves? Have you ever solved a Rubik’s Cube in less than a minute?
41% They say we have an “epidemic” of autism, a veritable tsunami of Autistic kids.
43% We are Autistics and we are better off when you focus your energy on helping us to be the best Autistics we can be. If we look “funny,” people will learn to handle that. They will get used to that.
9% Eye contact is very intense, very personal and … honestly? It’s kind of sexual. It is painful and embarrassing to look into someone’s eyes unless I am deeply connected with them.
< My Thoughts > “Eye contact is very intense, very personal and … honestly? It’s kind of sexual.”
The literature reflects that among individuals with autism, eye contact may serve as a threatening stimulus leading to avoidance behavior.