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Old 12-09-2011, 11:04 AM   #38
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Originally Posted by butch View Post
I think I've typed this out somewhere on these boards before (maybe on the thread Ruby Ripples started), but I have an idea about autism and FA-ness. It probably is far-fetched, but it isn't a belief of mine, just an interesting linkage to think about.

Those of you familiar with Temple Grandin know about her squeeze box. She feels better when she has total, all over body pressure and touch that her squeeze box gives her. She puts forth the idea that this is because of her autism. I would imagine to a smaller person who feels as Temple Grandin does, that being laid on or otherwise pressed against a much larger person would offer the same sort of pleasure that Temple Grandin's squeeze box gives her.

I'm not saying anything about percentages of FAs that are on the autism spectrum, just that I wonder if Temple Grandin would have needed a squeeze box if she was partnered with a fat person.
This reminds me of something I read in a journal article a while back: autistic children are calmed by whole-body pressure, so heavy blankets and such can be placed on the child to soothe them during anxiety attacks, tantrums, etc. Maybe this is also a factor in relationships later in life.
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