Vortex Spectacular

Fascinating insights, perspectives and supports associated with the brilliance of Autism…

John Elder Robinson Shares Valuable Advice and Wisdom


Surfers Healing (A Foundation for Autism)

Surfers Healing is such an inspiring foundation supporting kids with Autism connect with the ocean!

Distinctive Strengths

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

Bright Thread

“I see people with Asperger’s syndrome as a bright thread in the rich tapestry of life.”

Tony AttwoodThe Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome

Dean: Brilliant 10 Year Old with Aspergers

Reuben Walsh: Aspergers Documentary – My Crazy Life. Part 1 of 3.

Taylor Morris: Hope for Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome

Ella’s Art

Learn more about Ella and her amazing drawings at


Alex Plank: talks to parents of people with Asperger’s

Thinking About Others’ Thoughts

“There is a second problem that is maybe even more familiar to us as parents and teachers and spouses and novelists.  Which is, ‘Why is it so hard to know what somebody else wants or believes?’  Or perhaps, more relevantly, ‘Why is it so hard to change what somebody else wants or believes?’

I think novelists put this best.  Like Philip Roth, who said ‘And yet, what are we to do about this terribly significant business of other people?  So ill-equipped are we all, to envision one another’s interior workings and invisible aims.'”

Rebecca Saxe:  How We Read Other’s Minds