Distinctive Strengths

by vortexspectacular

Just as individuals with autism have a variety of difficulties, they also have some distinctive strengths. Some of the strengths that individuals with autism have may include:

  • Ability to understand concrete concepts, rules and sequences
  • Strong long term memory skills
  • Math skills
  • Computer skills
  • Musical ability
  • Artistic ability
  • Ability to think in a visual way
  • Ability to decode written language at an early age (This ability is called Hyperlexia. Some children with autism can decode written language earlier than they can comprehend written language.)
  • Honesty – sometimes to a fault
  • Ability to be extremely focused – if they are working on a preferred activity
  • Excellent sense of direction
Adapted by Autism Speaks from Sally Ozonoff, Geraldine Dawson and James McPartland’s
A Parent’s Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism