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Daydreaming Mind

The daydreaming mind? Don’t we all daydream? The answer to this is yes of course. However, people on the autism spectrum tend to escape into that dream far more often than people who aren’t on the spectrum. The mind is a wondering thing.

The daydreaming mind?   Don’t we all daydream?  The answer to this is yes of course.  However, people on the autism spectrum tend to escape into that dream far more often than people who aren’t on the spectrum.  The mind is a wondering thing.  When talking about Asperger’s Syndrome we have to take into account the surrounding elements that would contribute or lead to someone going into the mind daydreaming.  

Let’s look at our social surroundings.  One of the characteristics of Asperger’s Syndrome is social isolation. Now, every single human being experiences some sort of social isolation to a point, however I’d have to argue that people on the spectrum can and do experience this isolation on a greater and deeper level.  We know that social skills is an area that most of us on the spectrum struggle with.  

For me, growing up was a difficult time.  I never really had friends all throughout school and the trombone was actually my best friend.  Yes I said a “thing” a trombone was my best friend.  Why was this?  Well, in my opinion it was due to the fact I was uncomfortable in social situations. They frightened me.  I can remember being picked on and bullied from as early as 2nd or 3rd grade.  I think I put up a shell after a while and was afraid to even try to make friends or be included.  

In sixth grade I started playing trombone. This was the best thing I could have done at the time.  Music was a chance for me to escape into imagination and become a part of the music.  I could become a part of the notes that were on that page. I didn’t have to speak by talking and socializing I could talk through my music.  I would spend hours upon hours playing and practicing the trombone. Not just because I wanted to be the best at it but it was because it was like spending time with my best friend.

Sometimes I think that this can be where the special interest comes from for people on the autism spectrum. I wonder, if indeed the special interest is formed by accident as a result of all of the social rejection and isolation. This is why I preach about being so careful if you need to take a way a special interest.  Because, in my experiences the special interest is quite possibly the individuals best friend. So when you go to take it away or modify it we have to be careful because it would be like losing your best friend.  

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