The Positives of Autism

Kel Autism, Blog, Monday Motivation Linky 7 Comments

I heard recently of someone who was told by a doctor, “I don’t want to scare you, but it sounds like autism.”  Coming from a health care professional, this isn’t just a poor choice of words to say to a parent, but it’s also terribly misguided. Autism doesn’t have to be a scary thought.

 

I know that not knowing what to expect for the future is scary. I know that unpredictable behaviour can be scary. I know seeing your child so anxious that they want to harm themselves is scary. But autism doesn’t have to be something to be feared from the start.

 

When we talk about autism and autistic people, we often focus on the negatives – the things they can’t do and the behaviours that seem ‘odd’ to most neurotypicals (although not to the autistic person displaying them!). What we don’t hear enough about are the positives of autism: the ‘wow’ moments and the downright special things about this condition that is still so widely misunderstood.

 

The Positives of Autism - a diagnosis of autism doesn't have to be scary. There are many positives to being autistic and we need to value those on the spectrum more highly!

 

The Positives of Autism

 

Without autism, it’s likely we’d never have seen the genius that was Albert Einstein, the creativity of Lewis Carol or the innovative scientific theories of Charles Darwin. Although autism as a diagnosis didn’t exist in these men’s lifetimes, it’s highly likely that they were all on the autism spectrum, along with others such as Emily Dickinson, James Joyce, Michelangelo, Mozart, Isaac Newton… the list goes on. A world without autism would be a world without challenge, where ideas and theories were not tested, boundaries not pushed, technology undeveloped. Modern day autistics include Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Stanley Kubrik, Tim Burton and Jerry Seinfeld. Can you imagine a world without people like these, who, as a result of thinking differently, are able to produce work like they have?

 

Here are some more positives of autism, many curated from people who have taken part in my Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month series on my Facebook page It’s a Tink Thing

 

Autistic people tend to have an incredible attention to detail and an interest in some of the most weird and wonderful (and mundane!) things! They possess a focus and a drive to learn all they can about a particular subject.

 

Knowing someone with autism can really open your eyes and help you to see things from a different perspective.

 

 

Often, autistics only see the good in people, and have an innocent, unbiased view of the world.

 

Small achievements can feel like huge victories!

 

Many autistics are good at things that involve attention to detail.

 

 

They have an inbuilt fighting spirit.

 

Every day is the same – but different! It makes life more interesting not quite knowing what to expect.

 

Often, communication needs no words, just looks, touches and smiles!

 

If the world can be open to working in a way to bring out the talents of people on the spectrum, then there is an amazing amount of talent to be offered!

 

The love of someone on the spectrum is pure, unconditional and has no hidden agenda.

 

 

Autism has it’s hard days, for those on the spectrum and for those around them. But we mustn’t lose sight of the amazing things about autism that make those people in our life so special.

 

What are your autism positives? Leave a comment and let me know!

 

 

 


 

I’m hosting the Monday Motivation Linky this week! I’d love to see as many positive, motivational and uplifting posts as possible, so please feel free to add yours via the link below!

 

My two favourite posts from the last linky were this one from Rainbows Are Too Beautiful, which made me cry, and this from my lovely friend Ojo, who reminds us that there are other ways to reward ourselves than food!

 

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Jen Mellor
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I love this post. My son has autism and he is the most amazing person I know. It’s nice to see the positive as too many people just want to share the negative

passion fruit, paws and peonies
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I love this post and it’s so good to read something championing autism. I have learnt about autism more in the last year or so, it seems to be more widely discussed. I totally agree that people with autism have special qualities to offer! x

Lucy At Home
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What a positive, uplifting post. It’s great to shift the attention to the great characteristics that come with Autism and your list of famous people who had Autism is fascinating – we certainly owe them a great deal!

And congratulations because someone loved this post so much, they added it to the BlogCrush linky! Feel free to collect your “I’ve been featured” blog badge 🙂 #blogcrush

Claire Saul (PainPalsBlog)
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What a great post, Kel! Some good friends have said that they have spent so much time battling with local authorities over school places, funding, and court cases for their youngest (now 20) that they effectively missed the teenage years for all 3 kids (the elder 2 are now 24 & 22). The negatives forced upon them had a huge impact on the whole family unit. I wonder if you saw the Channel 4 programme that was on last week that focused specifically upon autism in girls? I watched it on catch up yesterday and would hope that it would… Read more »
Kate on thin ice (@kateonthinice)
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It took me ages to even realise my daughter was on the spectrum to be honest. Never sure whether that was/is a good or bad thing. People saw her as different and told me she would struggle in school for example and yet I just saw my daughter who I loved. Now I want to read as much as I can on autism to support her but she is fabulous with a feisty character, self-sufficiency, deep focus and so many great traits. I need to learn more but also suspect I am on the spectrum too. So pleased bloggers and… Read more »
RaisieBay
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This is a wonderful post, it’s great to focus on the positives and good to see there are so many x

Liberty on the Lighter Side - (LoLS)
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That’s really interesting, you don’t hear people speak about the positives of autism a whole lot. It’s amazing how many remarkable people of great talent would have been on the spectrum. I believe every body has value, no matter what their label may be. #theMMlinky