I love this very inclusive list of the many varied traits to be found in people who are somewhere on the autistic spectrum. That’s just it, isn’t it- it’s a spectrum! It’s definitely NOT a straight line of traits, it can be all over the place in each person and that’s what I love about it so much.
This is my first reblog, methinks. Please read it, and then head on over to the author’s page to “like” it!
Autism is big and messy and confusing, and no-one really understands it. It’s difficult to make a good summary and description of autistic traits, because generally no-one can agree on what autism actually is. But even taking that into account, I’ve never read a satisfactory article or leaflet summarising and describing autistic traits. Every description I’ve ever read suffered from at least one of these problems:
- Wrongly weighted. So many descriptions of autism written by neurotypical people focus completely on social traits. Often autism is described as an entirely social thing, and any other differences are considered incidental if they’re mentioned at all.
- Vague. The “triad of impairments” is the worst offender here. It divides social traits arbitrarily into “interaction”, “communication”, and “imagination”, but there is absolutely no clear distinction between those categories. They’re meaningless and useless divisions that don’t remotely simplify the description, and so they serve no useful purpose…
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