1. In what ways does Daniel compare himself to Raymond Babbitt of the movie, Rain Man?
Like Raymond Babbitt, Daniel has an obsessive need for order and routine. Both get very anxious if their daily routine is disturbed. They also both have the ability to calculate large numbers in their heads very quickly. Both Daniel and Raymond Babbit are savants.
2. In what way does Daniel think about numbers?
Daniel thinks of numbers as his friends. They are always around Daniel. He sees them everywhere and some make him happy while others annoy or sadden him.
3. What is synesthesia and how does it affect Daniel?
Synesthesia is a rare neurological mixing of the senses. Daniel sees numbers as shapes, colors, textures, and motion. For example, the number 5 to Daniel is a clap of thunder.
4. In what ways does Asperger's syndrome, the kind of autism Daniel has, affect his life?
Asperger's syndrome affects Daniel's means of social communication. His social interactions are barely there as Daniel is in his own world much of the time. Because of his Asperger's, Daniel has difficulty understanding emotions and social cues. Daniel has very few friends growing up because of the way Asperger's syndrome has affected his lack of social skills.
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