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Top 10 Terrific Traits of Autistic People

Posted by on Apr. 19, 2010 at 11:20 PM
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Found this today and thought it was a wonderful reminder of the positive side of ASDs.......jigsaw ribbon


Top 10 Terrific Traits of Autistic People


If you're sick of hearing about all the "deficits" challenging people on the autism spectrum, join the club. But 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

Who was that woman, and why were you looking at her? 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 Peyton Place emotional roller coaster that mars 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 he wants -- he is telling you what he wants. No need to beat around the bush, second guess, and hope you're reading between the lines!


10. People with Autism Open New Doors for Neurotypicals

For some of us neurotypicals, having an autistic person in our lives has had a profound positive impact on our perceptions, beliefs and expectations. For me, at least, being the mom of a son on the autism spectrum has released me from a lifetime of "should" -- and offered me a new world of "is."


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by Head Admin on Apr. 19, 2010 at 11:34 PM

They are so pure at heart , They are a gift given to us to show us that this is how everyone should be  . I have always believed that .. thank you for the 10 terrific trait's my son is all of them and then some . 

by Member on Apr. 20, 2010 at 8:53 AM

This is so true!  I think my son is one of the coolest kids around simply because he is who he is and could not care less about what people think of him.  The only opinions that matter to him are those of the people he has made a connection with and cares about.  I wish I could be more like him in that aspect.  He has taught me so much and has made me a much better person than I ever would have been had he not been in my life.

(Sam was following a dog around and went everywhere she went.)

  ~JEN~family car

You may have tangible wealth untold; Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.

Richer than I you can never be -- I had a mother who read to me.

by on Apr. 20, 2010 at 1:22 PM

We sometimes always focus on the bad with our babies, and it s good to hear the good things. Thank you so much for sharing!you rock

by New Member on Apr. 20, 2010 at 3:13 PM

So true & so beautifully written. It's exactly what I've learned as a mom on our journey with autism. My son Gregory, now 5, has made me a better person by showing me these positive sides of ASD. Thanks so much for posting you sign

by Group Owner on Apr. 21, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Thanks for sharing this,  all the above apply to Lane, now at age 11 could care less what brand of jeans he wears, never asks for toys other than a barrel of monkey's & a big ball to toss. Never ask for a new movie to watch, more than happy to watch the same one's he's had forever, does love Video games, but again just a few makes him more than happy.

by New Member on Apr. 24, 2010 at 12:23 AM

Thanks for posting this.  It's good to stop and remember how special our autistic kids are!

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