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

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

In-depth knowledge; high level of skills

Empathetic to people & animals; forgiving

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

Honesty, loyalty, commitment

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.