This was originally posted at http://www.musingnmayhem.com/2012/04/to-i-wish-i-didnt-have-aspergers-an-autismpositivity2012-flash-blog-event/ and is reprinted here with permission by the author.
*This is a Repost of my 28th February, 2012 post – “The Best parts of ASD!” to commemorate the last day of Autism Awareness Month. Click on the button above to check out posts from other bloggers speaking about the Positives of Autism.
I’ve encountered a lot of negativity from many others over the last 5 years or so, when they discover my sons have been diagnosed with ASD (autistic spectrum disorder). I just wish to dispute that it’s a “disorder”. There are so many advantages to seeing the world this way.
1. The ability to focus on areas of interest for extended periods of time. Seriously, I know plenty of people would would LOVE this trait! Imagine being able to complete your task before going onto the next one. Having the pure determination to keep going. For my eldest, this was his “specialty” skills of reading and computers.
Mr six is working on similar areas. Although reading is slightly more laborious for him due to his Pragmatic language disorder. I give him six months to be up to speed.
2. Their innate ability to operate a computer. Any kind, any age, any software. I can recall numerous occasions when my level of understanding was beyond my capability with technology. Enter my then, nine year old to show me how to *fix* my issue… and if he didn’t already know it, he knew how to find out. Fast. He could swap between IBM and Apple in a split second, as well as shoot you a look of “what do you MEAN you don’t know?” all within a single breath. *sigh*
These skills have been rather helpful with my smart phones – I spend as much time as I can learning how to operate it before the children are home from school, just so I never need to ask for assistance.
3. They are blessed with independent ideas and thinking. It doesn’t matter what other children are thinking, my children have their own ideas and they will stick to them. Even go out of their way to “prove” why their thoughts are superior. If nothing else, they’ll shrug and decide that the rest of the world/playground will work it out one day… and continue on with their quest alone.
4. They notice the smallest details and remember them inherently. Okay, so sometimes it’s how many scratches there are on my sunglasses… but usually the six year-old’s perceptiveness assists greatly. He knows where everything is… if you’ve forgotten where you put something, he’ll be able to point it out. Very quickly. Win!
5. They have great work ethics. If I ask my little man to complete a task, he will, from beginning to end. He will also check his own work continually and refuse to hand it over unless he is completely happy with his efforts!
6. Ambition. My eldest wants to design his own computer. If anyone can do it, it would be him. Master six just wants to be Harry Potter. Ahem.
7. They are practical. Literally so. It is nearly impossible to misunderstand what my boys are asking, it will be broken down to the most basic form with no ambiguity. They say what they mean without mincing words. Yay.
There are just so many more positives, that just happen to escape my recall right now. Of course.
But if nothing else, they are entertaining. There is nothing like a small lad earnestly asking why everyone has to wear undies. Because he thinks they are annoying. In public. Dead pan. Try keeping a straight face with either of my boys around. I dare you!
This Autism Positivity Flash Blog Event is the brainchild of Thinking About Perspectives, a group of bloggers committed to increasing autism awareness and acceptance via open and respectful dialogue. We are: 30 Days of Autism, Outrunning the Storm, The Third Glance, Aspie Kid, Flappiness Is, Quirky and Laughing, Life on the Spectrum, Fairy Tale Forgotten, The Aspie Side of Life, and Inner Aspie.