The Positives of Autism

Understanding the different ways of thinking and doing is the best way to support autistic individuals. Here we look at the positive features of autism.

Visual Skills
Visual learning & recall; focused on details

Creativity
Distinctive imagination & expression of ideas

Attention To Detail
Thoroughness & Accuracy

Deep Focus
Freedom from distraction; impressive concentration

Tenacity & Resilience
Determination; goal-oriented; challenges opinions

 

Absorb & Retain Facts
Excellent long-term memory; superior recall

 

Novel Approaches
Unique thought processes; innovative solutions

 

Observational Skills
Listen. Look. Learn. Fact finding.

Critical Thinking
Logical reasoning; problem solving skills

Methodical Approach
Analytical; adept at spotting patterns, repetition

Expertise
In-depth knowledge; high level of skills

Compassionate 
Empathetic to people & animals; forgiving

Accepting of Differences
Less likely to judge others; may question norms

Integrity
Honesty, loyalty, commitment

Independent
Self-starter, organized

Heightened Senses
Heightened sensory perceptions: visual hypersensitivity, extraordinary vision, etc.

Each encounter with autism is distinctive. No single person will relate to every beneficial aspect of autism, just as we all possess individual talents and traits as unique as our personalities. This exemplifies the strength of neurodiversity.