5 Reasons I like being Âûtistic

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I am a mother who’s been diagnosed with Asperger’s, and I have autistic children. 

I wrote this account of positives because I believe these are strengths I have. I see too many negatives in the media about autism, so enjoy these positives and see if you recognize yourself or your child.

1. I can hyper focus. I can zero in on every grain of sand as it trickles through my fingers. I see colors brightly and instead of hurrying when I walk, many of us who are autistic might stop to examine a crevice in a wall or a spider weaving a web in a bush. I can zero in on a leaf on a tree from a distance when I look out the window of a moving train, tracking it and then moving on to the next one. I will pause to watch an ant make its way across the pavement, curious at to where he’s off to. Many of us who are autistic like to read or play video games, becoming completely enthralled and enjoying these things immensely. Crocheting, painting and anything that’s cause and effect is extremely satisfying to me because it’s constant and dependable. Visuals can be important to us.

2. I find things funny that sometimes I really shouldn’t. I love comedy though I don’t always understand it. When I laugh for seemingly no reason, it’s because I’ve noticed something you haven’t or because I’ve replayed a funny memory and felt the exact same reaction all over again. The same goes for unexpected crying.

3. I enjoy certain sounds like music, wind in the trees or the rushing of a river. I hear each note and each beat individually, the rustle of each leaf and sway of each branch. I hear every ripple of a stream as the water rushes over every rock. I hear the coffee machine, the people talking and the beat of the music playing in a crowded café. I zero in on one to help me cope with the noise.

4. I say what I think. You are never in doubt as to how I feel. You may not understand why I feel angry, sad or happy, but you will know about it! I’m honest and if I do lie, I have great difficulty with it as it goes against the very core of my being.

5. I make sense of my world by finding things to cherish and collecting them. Through homing in on that one thing, the world then makes sense to me. It’s a form of security in an unpredictable day. Anything could happen! But if I know that one thing will be in focus, I can bring it home and add it to the others, and then the world is right. I show great passion for my collectibles, whether they’re video games, books, colored glass, bottle tops or shells. It helps me cope after a busy day. Knowing the little shell I found on the beach one year ago is on a certain shelf with all my others provides security and a sense of worth.

For parents of children on the spectrum, cherish your child’s differences, stoop down to his or her level and listen to what your child is listening to. You may be surprised!

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  1. Robert Gehrman III  August 28, 2015

    I love every bit of this article except the “stoop down to his or her level” sentence… I’m guessing you were thinking in a literal sense, but to be fair this sentence could be written differently, so as to not suggest inferiority (google the phrase “stoop down to their level” if you are unfamiliar with it.) Have a nice day Emma and thanks for sharing !

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  2. Mirella Dohmen  August 28, 2015

    Thank you for this story. I love it and agree with you, it is not all negative and I love my positive qualities of autism so very much. I never want to loose it 🙂

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  3. Mirella Dohmen  August 28, 2015

    I love your story and I agree so much! I love my autism qualities so much and never want to loose it 🙂

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  4. Terese Soler  August 30, 2015

    You and I are very similar, I too have Asperger’s and an autistic child. I experience life similarly to you! It’s good to know you!

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  5. Terese Soler  August 30, 2015

    You and I are very similar. I too have Asperger’s and an autistic child (he’s 21). What you’ve described life to be like is very much like I experience as well! Thank you for putting it to words!

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  6. James Charles  August 31, 2015

    So well written and a great voice for the Autistic Community

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  7. Dawn Ho  September 1, 2015

    Thank you for leading me to your world Emma. It’s beautiful because it’s fill with details… Little details that speaks life 🙂

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