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4 years ago#1
For me, I taught myself how to read by playing the TCG game for Gameboy Color. When I was four and in daycare, the adults gave us sheets of paper to learn how to write letters as well as what sounds they made. About a year later, my Dad got me a GBC and the Pokemon TCG game for it. While playing it, I had no idea what was going on until I realized, "hey there are letters in this game!"

So I dug out my old worksheets and started to compare them to the game. Being Autistic, I have a rather good memory (which helped with remembering the sounds the letters made) as well as steadfast dedication to repetition (two common traits of Autism). As a result, over the course of roughly two months I learned how to read at a basic level. For stuff that I couldn't figure out myself (silent E's for example), I got only a little help from my Mom and Dad. This was very minimal though.

As a result, by the time I was in third grade, I was reading books at a 7th grade level. I would have my nose buried in a book at least 6 hours every day from first grade until 6th grade, which is when I started to get burned out by reading and turned to video games for most of my fun.

What is everybody else's story?
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4 years ago#2
Krion64 posted...
For me, I taught myself how to read by playing the TCG game for Gameboy Color. When I was four and in daycare, the adults gave us sheets of paper to learn how to write letters as well as what sounds they made. About a year later, my Dad got me a GBC and the Pokemon TCG game for it. While playing it, I had no idea what was going on until I realized, "hey there are letters in this game!"

So I dug out my old worksheets and started to compare them to the game. Being Autistic, I have a rather good memory (which helped with remembering the sounds the letters made) as well as steadfast dedication to repetition (two common traits of Autism). As a result, over the course of roughly two months I learned how to read at a basic level. For stuff that I couldn't figure out myself (silent E's for example), I got only a little help from my Mom and Dad. This was very minimal though.

As a result, by the time I was in third grade, I was reading books at a 7th grade level. I would have my nose buried in a book at least 6 hours every day from first grade until 6th grade, which is when I started to get burned out by reading and turned to video games for most of my fun.

What is everybody else's story?


Cool, another autistic guy! *high fives*

Anyway, my story is sorta similar to yours, but not really.

I never really had spelling issues... Math on the other hand, I did and still do to an extent. Honestly I think Pokemon may have helped slightly for this, especially with ev training.
But really I think Pokemon trading is like the only reason I actually socialised with anyone at the age of 9, if that counts as a positive impact.
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4 years ago#3
Math has always been a hard subject for me as well, kind of surprising to some teachers I have had given how the media shows people on the autistic spectrum as being super logical and/or geniuses in subjects that involve numbers.

Edit: Socialization for me was I was younger was through beyblades at recess and video games at friends houses.
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4 years ago#4
Krion64 posted...
Math has always been a hard subject for me as well, kind of surprising to some teachers I have had given how the media shows people on the autistic spectrum as being super logical and/or geniuses in subjects that involve numbers.


yeah, I don't usually tell people that i'm autistic as they automatically assume that i'm a maths genius( maybe slightly exaggerating there lol)people who know me know that i'm terrible at maths.
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4 years ago#5
Spelling tests.

"Spell psychic"

Okay.

"Spell "Facade"

Okay.

"Spell Deoxyribosenucleic acid"

Okay.
I don't even know anymore.
4 years ago#6
Help kill the boredom and hours/hours of playtime.
4 years ago#7
ElectricNova posted...
Krion64 posted...
Math has always been a hard subject for me as well, kind of surprising to some teachers I have had given how the media shows people on the autistic spectrum as being super logical and/or geniuses in subjects that involve numbers.


yeah, I don't usually tell people that i'm autistic as they automatically assume that i'm a maths genius, people who know me know that i'm terrible at maths.


If I consider anybody close enough to be a friend, I'll tell them because in my opinion, it would help to explain some of my odd mannerisms, as well as the fact that as a friend, they at least deserve to know that much about me.

Plus I'm proud of being autistic (in my case Aspergers Syndrome), because although the number of people diagnosed (when I was 7 in my case) has increased in recent years (how many of those were due to over zealous doctors/parents or morons trying to self diagnose themselves to get out of having to do stuff [unfortunately, it's more common than you might think], I don't know), Autism is still relatively rare, with a range of disorders and traits on the spectrum, so it makes me feel unique.
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4 years ago#8
I want to say it helped with my English, but I think Square deserves more credit.

Thank you, Ted Woolsey.
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4 years ago#9
I met my best friend because of Pokemon when we were kids.

We're 21 now and we still play.

Last week we beat the Multi Battle Subway, together.
Why don't we show them the entire process including our breakdown.
http://i.imgur.com/Q0xhR.png?2?6330
4 years ago#10
Krion64 posted...
ElectricNova posted...
Krion64 posted...
Math has always been a hard subject for me as well, kind of surprising to some teachers I have had given how the media shows people on the autistic spectrum as being super logical and/or geniuses in subjects that involve numbers.


yeah, I don't usually tell people that i'm autistic as they automatically assume that i'm a maths genius, people who know me know that i'm terrible at maths.


If I consider anybody close enough to be a friend, I'll tell them because in my opinion, it would help to explain some of my odd mannerisms, as well as the fact that as a friend, they at least deserve to know that much about me.

Plus I'm proud of being autistic (in my case Aspergers Syndrome), because although the number of people diagnosed (when I was 7 in my case) has increased in recent years (how many of those were due to over zealous doctors/parents or morons trying to self diagnose themselves to get out of having to do stuff [unfortunately, it's more common than you might think], I don't know), Autism is still relatively rare, with a range of disorders and traits on the spectrum, so it makes me feel unique.


Well I tell my friends too (some of them are also autistic) but not people I don't know that well, I just try and disguise it.

Like you, the form of autism I have is aspergers. Unfortunately, I don't enjoy telling people as they assume that I must be one of the self diagnosed people that are so common now. I've been accused of self diagonsed before. (In reality, I was diagnosed at age 3)

I'm not ashamed about it or anything, I just feel that I have to get to know someone first usually before i tell them. After that i'm always open about it. I would feel pretty bad if I didn't tell them, but I don't want to be judged based on that before I get to know them. Like, if someone already has got to know me, and think's i'm a nice guy, i'll tell them. But I tell them before thery know me there's a chance that they'll judge me and treat me differently based on that. (Happened before)

But yeah, I'd say that I AM proud of it, I just feel nervous going around stating it usually.
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