Everyone watches shows like The Good Doctor and expects every person with autism to be brilliant. Well I’m here to tell you that is not the case.
However, I truly believe that every person with autism has their niche, the one thing they perseverate on and can’t let go. The thing they can never get enough of, even if they’ve done it, saw it, or said it a million times before. I call this the autism superpower. Every person I’ve met with autism has this superpower. Now, don’t be discouraged if you’re neurotypical, because I’ve met some of you “normal” people that have a superpower too. I just know that with autism it’s like a given ability to make up for all the deficits we live with daily.
I have met an autistic child who couldn’t spell or write to save his life. But ask that kids about any sports related history and he had the facts to spew since the sport began. Sports history is his superpower. I know another who can tell you anything need to know about World War II. And another that can spell any word you give him, even if he doesn’t know what it means or how to use it. Yet another that can do complex math equations in his head and get the right answer every time. These are but a few examples.
Why am I sharing this? Because I want you to understand that every single person with autism has something to offer the world. Just because you haven’t seen it yet doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Dig a little deeper. Find it. I promise you there is something.
In case you’re wondering, my superpower is solving problems. When I see something that I think can work better, I create a solution and share it with the person or company. When I am perplexed by something, I research until I understand it to the best of my ability. Once I have created the solution, and in some cases implemented the solution, I am ready for the next problem. I get easily bored working when there is no problem to fix.