Did you ever hear that?
Kids with autism are gifted?
Anyone ever tell you that?
My kids not like rain-man, he is not a genius, he isn’t like Sheldon from the big bang theory, he is autistic, he is lovely, he is complicated.
Unfortunately films such as rain-man and characters such as Sheldon have made people think that all children with autism are gifted. Society seems to think that this is the norm, this is what it is like to be autistic.
Don’t get me wrong there are people out there with autism that are highly intelligent and are truly gifted but they are very much in the minority and far from being the norm.
So next time someone tells you that their child is autistic don’t ask them what their special skill is, don’t say ‘Aren’t they geniuses?’
For the vast majority of people with a diagnosis of Autism this just isn’t the case.