If you, or your child, has Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD, you are probably aware of the many struggles and challenges that come with the diagnosis:
- Difficulty reading social cues
- Struggling to maintain eye contact
- Fixating on details
- Having an extremely hard time with change
- Seeing sights and hearing sounds in a magnified way
- …and the list goes on
But, did you know that there are also many positives that come along with this diagnosis? Here are some of the benefits that can bring balance to your situation.*
Autistic People Rarely Lie
A positive spin to the Black and White Thinking that is typical of people with autism, is that, for them, something is either true or not. Alternative facts are not a thing for people with autism! If they tell you something, typically, you can take it to the bank.
Autistic People Are Mindful
Being so attuned to sights, sounds, and other sensory events has its advantages, in that it encourages mindfulness. People with autism are more concerned with what is going on in the moment, than with what happened a week ago, or what will happen tomorrow. This is a trait that many struggle to learn, whereas it comes more naturally to those on the spectrum.
Autistic People Say What They Mean
Have you ever heard the saying, “Say what you mean, mean what you say, but, don’t say it mean”? People with autism tend to have an innate ability to say what they are thinking without being preoccupied with what others will think. This means you won’t have to read between the lines to figure out if “fine” means “fine,” or “the silent treatment is coming.”
Autistic People Live With Passion
If an autistic person is interested in something, chances are she will slay the heck out of it, because passion comes naturally to people with ASD. And because they aren’t all consumed with whether or not their interests are cool enough, they are better at allowing themselves to dive into whatever ignites their souls.
Autistic People Are Great With Details
People with autism tend to have magnificent memories, especially when it comes to details. Some will gravitate towards jobs, or hobbies that allow their mastery of details to be on display, while, others will just revel in their ability to win arguments about what color a friend was wearing last Tuesday.
Autistic People Don’t Judge
Best of all, people with autism tend to be less concerned about how others look, or the numbers in their bank accounts. Instead, they are more interested in who people are under all the masks. We could all take a page from that book!
*Of course there are wide variations among people with autism, just as there are huge differences among people without it. However, these traits are more common among people with autism than the general public.
If you would like to learn more about the positive side of living with ASD, contact us. We are here to help!