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Asperger’s: Lost again, and again, and again? Could it be place-blindness?

I am going to start sharing some Answer.com articles that I write with you all since many times they are based on or inspired by things I do everyday—in this case, getting lost.

I have written in the past about being lost in my own town if I have to take a new route to a familiar place. I am immediately lost when I walk into Wal-Mart. I get turned around, forget why I am in a certain aisle, and have to watch the signs that are hung up high to find my way around in order to gather the things that I need.  This happens EVERY time even though I should know the store very well.  To make matters worse, I NEVER remember where I parked my darn car, and whined up roaming the parking lot looking for it with a cart full of groceries and screaming kids in tow; not fun!

I also wrote about place-blindness in my book when I described my being lost in the halls at middle school, and on the campus of my university. Although I did not have a name for it then, it is obvious to me now, that I have some degree of place-blindness.


Place Blindness in People with Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome


Anyone else get lost in your own backyard?

(not literally—but in familiar places)


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Jeannie Davide-Rivera

Jeannie is an award-winning author, the Answers.com Autism Category Expert, contributes to Autism Parenting Magazine, and the Thinking Person's Guide to Autism. She lives in New York with her husband and four sons, on the autism spectrum.