What is it about the DSM that pisses me off? Everything is seen as a defect instead of a difference. Oh, days of tying up left hands, BEGONE!!
So auties line up cars as children. Visualize cars in the real world. How do you "see" them?
How about lining up cans in the grocery store? If you think visually, you also represent your reality visually.
There is a bias via the auditory thinkers who need social interaction--they learn by hearing-- versus the visual thinker who does not. In the dictionary you come up with: impractical, impracticable, fancied, illusory, chimerical, unrealistic for synonyms of visionary, which I always thought of as a high complement. The antonym is practical ( from earlier practic, from French pratique, via Late Latin from Greek praktikos, from prassein to experience, negotiate, perform) People who think in words do have a bias. Negotiation is key, If one doesn't think within the framework of words and with others, they are defective.
In my estimation, these same defective people also tend to be inventors, progressives, activists, artists, writers: people who live outside themselves in order to help or change humanity. The thought, rather than the interaction, is imperative. No wonder this world is overwhelming to autists. They, in reality, live in a different world. In the autist world, words are a tool, not a necessity. Feelings and perceptions, the engines of sentient responsiveness to the world, do not need words. In order to interact with those feelings, perceptions...in order to find a place in the world, those thoughts must be given the structure of language. If you can't develop language to a degree to be able to interact with those who prefer language...you are seen as difficult, strange, cold, needing "fixed" when in essence you are only being true to yourself.
In another vein, I had become interested in alternative ways to teach my son how to write an essay. I can remember 30 years ago, mind-maps were beginning to be the rage in special ed classroom. I could never quite understand what they were. We used Roman numerals and the alphabet to give structure to our notes, our papers--making an "outline" was key. The mind map is a very different, and very visual way to structure a paper. (You do know most bright kids in special ed are there because they don't learn the way schools teach.)
Here is an excellent, excellent example of a very visual mindmap. It is about the life and times of William Shakespeare. PLEASE, do go look at it. You will love it, and you will gain a good understanding of a visual representation of an outline. It is fantastic, but I couldn't copy it here. It reminds me so much of the great comics Ben used to draw.
Lord help those who think kinesthetically, probably the least studied way of teaching.