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How could the challenges of autism be seen as strengths instead?

Posted by: alisrowe, July 18, 2018

I have a bit of a problem looking at a lot of the literature and listening to people talk about “the positive traits of autism”. Whenever I hear or read these lists I usually largely disagree with them, because I feel that what is being listed is actually more to do with an individual’s personality rather than their ASD (here’s an example).

I’ve taken a different approach for this blog article – the majority of the characteristics listed in this article are taken from the DSM-5 criteria, which says that a person must have “persistent difficulties with social communication and social interaction” and “restricted and repetitive patterns of behaviours, activities or interests” (this includes sensory behaviour).

My disclaimer is, as always, always remember that everyone is different. Get to know yourself or your loved one personally.

Here are my thoughts on how the persistent difficulties an autistic person has could be turned into strengths:

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