Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is frequently misunderstood with people focusing more on facing the challenges, rather than the many strengths it brings. While, an autistic individual may face challenges, they may also have autistic traits such as excellent long-term memory, visual and observational skills among several.

Some autistics have a unique set of skills and abilities, which once determined, can greatly improve yours and your child’s life. Here are some examples of strengths associated with autism:

Attention to detail          

An autistic individual may be attuned to details. They may have a very good eye for details which helps them focus on a task, and accomplish it quicker. A lot of the individuals are able to focus on the intricate details of something, even noticing errors that would typically be missed.

Deep focus

Sometimes an autistic can concentrate for extended periods of time on reading, painting, and writing etc. Their ability to hyper-focus on areas of interest can lead them to lose track of time, as well as their surroundings.

Excellent long-term memory

An autistic individual may have excellent long-term, as well as rote memory skills. They may even remember information they encountered weeks prior. At times, they can also recall conversations from movies, number plates and may even remember something you said to them weeks ago!

Integrity/ honesty/loyalty

Some autistics tend to cling to truthfulness, they usually say what they mean. While their honesty can sometimes be considered rude, it is important to understand that they do not have the intention to hurt, but they just want to communicate truthfully.

Creativity/distinctive imagination

Kids on the spectrum may also display a deep sense of creativity and imagination. They have the ability to think outside the box, and can produce some stunning art that is imaginative.