Likely Not Aphasia — Cluttering

Christine Penn
5 min readOct 31, 2022
Photo by Darwin Vegher on Unsplash

Well, I had my first discussion with a speech pathologist today. A funny side note, as this is not the first time I have met her. We first met about a year ago when I participated in Speech Therapy sessions to help re-train my voice so it would sound more feminine. While it was probably something required of her, the college she was attending offered programs like that free of charge which I took advantage of. She graduated at the end of last year and is now working with a local provider in her profession as a Speech Language Pathologist. It was nice to see her again, and of course, she recognized me instantly.

After catching up and exchanging some pleasantries, we started off talking about the same issues I discussed in the following article:

She then asked if I had ever been diagnosed with anything along the lines like ADHD? I replied no, but it was funny that she was asking, because I have wondered about it myself at times. When my son was in grade school, after becoming disruptive in class, the school thought that he had ADHD. After having him tested, they came to the conclusion that he had a case of Asperger's instead. When they read the symptoms off for that during the discussion, I felt that they were describing myself. While my son had it worse than I did, I still felt that I had identified with 7 out of the 10 symptoms they told us about.

I’m also aware that many in the transgender community are somewhere on the Autism spectrum. So, it would not surprise me if I am as well, but I am likely on the highly functional side of things.

We also discussed changes in vision. I had explained how I was near sighted and had Lasik done to correct that, but over time my near and far vision were getting worse and worse with age. Even though I could go back to have some of the distance restored, I would likely lose even more of my near vision in the process. I would also likely be at the point where I would need to wear bifocals to correct. In contrast, my focus instead is to try to preserve what little near vision I have now. That, and…

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Christine Penn

Trans woman, parent, cyclist, software engineer, author, chef, and many other things.