If you’re sick of hearing about all the “deficits” challenging people on the autism spectrum, join the club.
Yet for every down side to autism, there seems to be a positive — an unusual trait that rarely appears among the “typical” community, but shines out among autistic folk.
These pluses are well worth celebrating.
1. Autistic People Rarely Lie
We all claim to value the truth, but almost all of us tell little white lies. All, that is, except people on the autism spectrum. To them, truth is truth — and a good word from a person on the spectrum is the real deal.
2. People on the Autism Spectrum Live in the Moment
How often do typical people fail to notice what’s in front of their eyes because they’re distracted by social cues or random chitchat? People on the autism spectrum truly attend to the sensory input that surrounds them. Many have achieved the ideal of mindfulness.
3. People with Autism Rarely Judge Others
Who’s fatter? Richer? Smarter? For people on the autism spectrum, these distinctions hold much less importance than for typical folks. In fact, people on the spectrum often see through such surface appearances to discover the real person.
4. Autistic People are Passionate
Of course, not all autistic people are alike. But many are truly passionate about the things, ideas and people in their lives. How many “typical” people can say the same?
5. People with Autism Are Not Tied to Social Expectations
If you’ve ever bought a car, played a game or joined a club to fit in, you know how hard it is to be true to yourself. But for people with autism, social expectations can be honestly irrelevant. What matters is true liking, interest and passion — not keeping up with the Joneses.
6. People with Autism Have Terrific Memories
How often do typical people forget directions, or fail to take note of colors, names, and other details? People on the autism spectrum are often much more tuned in to details. They may have a much better memory than their typical peers for all kind of critical details.
7. Autistic People Are Less Materialistic
Of course, this is not universally true — but in general, people with autism are far less concerned with outward appearance than their typical peers. As a result, they worry less about brand names, hairstyles and other expensive but unimportant externals than most people do.
8. Autistic People Play Fewer Head Games
I know I TOLD you I didn’t mind if you went out, but why did you believe me? Most autistic people don’t play games like these — and they assume that you won’t either. It’s a refreshing and wonderful change from the emotional roller coaster of lies and half-truths that mar too many typical relationships!
9. Autistic People Have Fewer Hidden Agendas
Most of the time, if a person on the autism spectrum tells you what she wants – the she is doing exactly that, telling you what she wants honestly and openly. So there’s no need to beat around the bush, second guess, or even bother trying to read between the lines!
10. People with Autism Open New Doors for Neurotypicals
For some neurotypicals, having an autistic person in their lives has had a profoundly positive impact on their perceptions, beliefs and expectations.
For many, being the parent of a child on the autism spectrum, releases them from a lifetime of “should’s” – and instead offers them a new world of “well let’s just roll with it and see where it goes.”
What favorite Autistic traits would you like to see added to this list?
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- Autistic as a Reclaimed Word (musingsofanaspie.com)
- I ALREADY AM A HUMAN BEING – Written BY Judy Endow (seventhvoice.wordpress.com)
- Beyond The Talk: What Else Autistic Girls Need to Know About Puberty (seventhvoice.wordpress.com)
- Social symptoms in autistic children may be caused by hyper-connected neurons (medicalxpress.com)
- Temple Grandin: More research needed on how autism affects people’s senses (calgaryherald.com)