10 Terrific Autistic Traits


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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20 thoughts on “10 Terrific Autistic Traits

  1. You are so right and thanks for putting it all together. My son, in his 20’s is so innocent and sweet, never critical of others, always ready to take the blame – ok, this was a problem sometimes, but I think he has taught me so much about life.
    Autism is difficult, autism is priceless. My son knows if something happens (he has seizures) the angels will take him and welcome him into heaven. He was a big fan of “touched by an angel”. I think it helped him understand death and he now says when someone dies, he says they’ve gone on to heaven. I love that simplicity, that trust. Thanks again and God bless!

  2. Autistic people have a great sense of humour (coming from an “autie” with two sons on the spectrum). We laugh with each other and at each other all the time.

    When people think of sensory overload, they usually only think of the negative side to it. Granted, when that piece of food grows and grows and grows or the piece of clothing I thought I could wear turns out to feel awful that is no fun. In fact it sometimes freaks me out.

    But sensory overload goes the other way as well. The right words in my mouth, the skin of a human under my hand, the feeling of rabbit fur on my cheek or a good firm massage. Neurotypicals talk of orgasms tied to sexual organs but I have sensory orgasms tied to reading aloud to my son, hugging another person who is wearing something wonderful or having someone touch me with the right kind of pressure. I have no idea what you would call that but I consider that a bonus. Fortunately, I have learned to control this part of myself or I would probably go around touching people and their clothes all the time.

    So, wonderful and difficult sides to the same thing all the time.

  3. Reblogged this on Sandi Layne and commented:
    This is so cool. 🙂 I know that there are no “they’re all like this” statements for people on the autism spectrum, but I’ve witnessed all of these myself.

  4. Fantastic! I love to focus on the positive. It has changed my life in myriad ways. I wish I had been diagnosed in my youth, and my parents could have broken out of the “shoulds”, but it’s not too late for me, & ima make the best of it!
    Also, thanks for following. I would greatly value your input in comments.

  5. Wandered in by way of hessiafae’s share.

    I’ve seen a lot of instances of #10– sometimes, when my son has a meltdown, and I say something about his autism, I find people telling me they’ve learned so much, either by way of their family, or their work.

    But I think it opens doors for… well, let me put it this way. I don’t hold to the strict definition of neurotypical. I think my son is helping me, my wife, and my daughter be more aware of our own “special” needs, especially the neurologically related ones (bipolar, AD(H)D, etc.)

  6. I love this.. thankyou.
    I have a 16 year old son with autism and he is the purest soul.. no malice, no manipulation of people, he takes everyone at face value and is absorbed in his own world. He is as naive as a 4 year old and while I wish that the world would be kinder to him, I have no wish to change him. He is perfect in his autism.

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