Fleeting Attention

Hey there! It’s been awhile, right?

So let me hit you up on another topic from the world of autism. It’s an affect that will lead many times to an autistic person getting misdiagnosed as having ADHD. That’s the fleeting attention span.

As autistic people, we can focus intensely on certain things. We can do this for a long time. Then, just as quickly as we focus, we drop it.

It’s just amazing how out the blue both this focus and lack of focus can be.

(Side note: Some autistic people, like me, do have ADHD. I can attest it is a different feeling and issue than what I just described. But not all of us have ADHD. There is just as much diversity in the autistic community as there is outside of it.)

Yellow Highlighter Moment

When was your last “Yellow Highlighter Moment”?

Hmmm?

What is it? Well, think about what a highlighter is used for. You use it to draw attention to something. Good, bad, or indifferent, it is meant to catch your eye.

So, when was your last Yellow Highlighter Moment?

Paying Attention

I had a person pull out in front of me in traffic today when they shouldn’t have. I know we all have had this happen in different cities at different times. This person did not cut it so close there was almost a wreck, but close enough it inconvenienced me.

A mile down the road, I was waiting immediately behind this same person at a traffic light. When the light turned green, this person started to look around, almost in disbelief that the traffic had stopped. I almost think this person never actually looked at the traffic light.

It never ceases to amaze me about the things that people seem to not pay attention to. It usually is something that we ALL have been taught to pay attention to. Let’s all pay closer attention to our surroundings tomorrow.