It stuns me that people are constantly surprised by the amazing autistic brain. I recently came across this video from 60 minutes that made me smile and reminded me that the supreme being who made me compensated for all the difficulties by giving me amazing abilities to counteract the struggle with daily life as an autistic. People constantly underestimate the intelligence and abilities of autism. In fact, I presented in first grade as a child with many symptoms of Classic Autism. I lost speech, but taught my visual brain to speak words, which I picture, edit and eventually say out loud. No one truly knows the potential of any child with autism. It’s important to nurture their special interests. In fact, these special interests are ways to ease social interaction and connect with these children.
So, remember Be Autistic: Be Amazing!
Here is Jake’s story.
His special interest: math.
If you know an an amazing autistic, please share your story in the comment section. I’ve been really depressed and weighted down by the hardships of living, and the way I combat this is researching amazing achievements birthed from the very specialized autistic brain.
Arthur Conan Doyle wrote in A study in Scarlet:
“I consider that a man’s brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with furniture as you choose. A fool takes in all the lumber of every sort that he comes across, so that the knowledge which might be useful to him gets crowded out, or at best jumbled up with a lot of other things so that he has difficulty in laying his hands upon it. Now the skilled workman is very careful indeed as to what he takes into his brain attic. He will have nothing but the tools, which may help him in doing his work, but of these he has a large assortment, and all in the most perfect order. Depend upon it there comes a time when for every addition of knoledge you forget something that you knew before. It is of the highest importance, therefore not to have useless facts elbowing out the useful ones. “
I believe Det. Holmes might be autistic. Indeed he is on the BBC show Sherlock.
For more about Sherlock visit the BBC Website.