Autistic Skill Sets: A Spiky Profile of Peaks and Troughs

Because we are bad at some things, people often expect us to be bad at other things; for example, they see someone failing to conform with social expectations, and assume that person has impaired intelligence.But because we are good at some things, people are often impatient when we’re not as skilled or need support in other areas.

Academic achievements don’t imply competence in self-care and maintenance, and high levels of skill in certain areas don’t always translate to success in education or in the workplace.

We are often taken to be “lazy” because we seem to master some things easily, but fail at things many find “simple.”  Autistic kids suffer a lot in school because when they struggle with certain tasks or subjects, teachers often assume that it’s from a lack of effort.

Autistic Skill Sets: A Spiky Profile of Peaks and Troughs

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