Would it be ethical to shrink me to a size of a 4 year old because of my Autism? Emotionally/socially I am 4.
I suffer from Autism, I am on the lower edge of high functioning Autism.
I am CHRONOLOGICALLY 32 years old, but emotionally and socially, I’m about at the level of 4 1/2 – 5 year old. My interests are like a 4 year old…I love Teletubbies, Care Bears, Barney, Sesame Street, etc. I even still have a pacifier, I have been using it for decades. I seriiously cannot help being like a 4 year old, it’s not like I purposely act like a 4 1/2 year old. If I was changed physically to a 4 year old, at least people would stop staring at me when I went to the store or supermarket and played with baby toys or candy. I’m not actually conscious they are staring at me, but my parents tell me. I feel my parents would respect me more too if I was the size of a 4 year old. Like as in some sort of proportionate dwarf, but everyone would think I was this little 4 year old kid who could speak, and leave me alone. I have many other child-related interests. I really can’t help being this way. It’s not as if I’m some sort of adult baby or something, I have no interest in infantilism, I don’t wear diapers, I’m potty trained and I certainly don’t find wetting a diaper sexual or anything like some of these strange ABs….I mean, they can control when they are being like a child, but I don’t have that ability. I’m so sick of being a child trapped into an adult’s body. A lot of people have told me that I’m like a 4 1/2 year old, and they’ve known me for 14-15 years (such as old instructors in college, close friends, relatives, etc).
Maybe the thing I want to ask really is would it be ethical to shrink me to the size of a 4 year old if a scientist was able to do so?? I read on some other question and answer on Yahoo that scientists have already shrunk smaller animals. So would it be ethical in my case?? And would you agree with my idea? I have several autistic friends and Asperger Syndrome friends who know me very well, and they say it would be ethical if something like that existed. What do you think?
I can’t hold a job because of my autism (I have a BA degree in Geography, but my autism prevents me from holding a job). I have ADHD and moderate to high functioning Autism. It is very frustrating. People have no idea of how frustrating living with autism is. I think if I looked like a 4 year old, at least I would have the physical age to match my emotional/social age. Of course, if I looked like a 4 year old boy, I would be sure to wear boutique longalls like Kelly’s Kids and Mulberry Street, and t-strap buckle shoes/English sandals (little boys look adorable wearing that stuff down South in South Carolina and Georgia). I’d be the most adorable toddler you ever saw. Of course, being 4 years old wouldn’t change that much about me, except I’d be smaller. I would still be potty trained, I would still able to speak, and to be able to listen to oldies/soft rock music. In fact, I listened to that type of music when I was really chronologically 4 years old.
What do you think?? PLEASE NO negative feedbacks. I’m being dead erious and I have a disability that is not fun. If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say it.
Preston from California
We all are who we are and can not change that, emotionally and socially some of us on the autism spoectrum may be a little naive in some peoples eyes.. But just like those not on the autism spectrum we also are all unique individuals.
Feeling at odds with the world and wanting to change is not the answer, society itself needs a kick up the %$#@, if only we could eliminate the ignorance of others, having to deal with prejudgment, stigma far to often no wonder some of us may feel like shrinking!
The so called “normal world” often see us as outsiders and keep us at arm’s length. Aspergers is just the way I’m wired; we are all different and have different symptoms Aspies, Auties and NT’s etc.. The world is made up of many diversities, the key is acceptance of who you are… As putting on a mask daily or acting apart to fit in can be exhausting..
“Being diagnosed for any difference, it’s not about the label
no one need know, it’s about understanding – true identity.”
Below is just a small part of my journet, read more on link, hopefully it May help you on understand that little bit more –
Making Sense – last update July 2008:
Having Aspergers is just part of who I am. I’ve always been different, but now there’s a name for it, I accept it. I think self-acceptance and acceptance of others are key to being accepted in general. Embracing my differences not only has allowed for a greater understanding of me, but also others in the world, it has enriched my life.
I cannot help but be fascinated about my AS, with Aspergers came the real me (true identity) and yes, I have become a little obsessed with finding, learning more. In my search I have come to the conclusion that we cannot find answers in text books and the professionals do not have all the answers, but the aspie community has welcomed me, and I have found every answer there.
I no longer feel the need to apologize for my differences, or make excuses. I also feel that NTs need to really start listening and gain better understanding from those of us on the autism spectrum ourselves… Everyone must know someone on the autism spectrum, not sure every knows or understands yet! It’s not a Aspie / NT thing, but as yet we just do not quite merge into society as maybe we should, still at times I myself feel on the edge of society in general. It can be so frustrating when whatever you seem to do or say, blank response – crossed wires…
I continue to hear:
“But I did explain to my partner, and they told me they understood” so why is it they still continue to try and fix/change me, why cannot others understand our differences, instead of wanting to force their way onto us! – AWARENESS, AWARENESS, AWARENESS until that really happens on a big scale things will never change…. Working on that and know many others are…..
I continual to be amazed by my depth of difference, the biggest problem I seem to have is the stereo typing by the “norm” in general, of how we should be. Maybe it’s our time to lead the way, as we do seem to have a natural connection, a sense with the world around us and are often happier living in a real environment rather than an artificial one. Maybe in the future we will play a much bigger part, the world is changing and I cannot help but wonder…..
My journey like everyones will never be complete, as we all continue to learn and grow… ASPLANET – http://asplanet.info/index.php