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Do you or your child posses any special talents? What traits, stemming from an autism spectrum diagnosis, set you or a loved on apart?

Go ahead, brag away! We want can’t wait to hear!

  1. rachel aubrey
    March 21, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    My son has an amazing talent for baking

    • March 22, 2011 at 3:03 am

      That’s cool. He is even better than the normal kids his age.

  2. March 21, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    My nephew Jimmy is Fantasic at directions when hes in the car u dont need a gps,When he was 7 he drew a map by memory exactly perfect of our neighbor hood…Everyday he amazes me

    • Tonia Fritz
      March 21, 2011 at 3:50 pm

      My client has a fantastic memory for directions evertime we get in the car together all I have to do is ask him which way to grandma’s and boy does he every remembe!1

    • March 22, 2011 at 3:07 am

      Jimmy is indeed gifted. I think special children are called special because they have an amazing talent that only a few have.

  3. terry murphy
    March 21, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    My son loves traffic lights and cameras..he’s only 10 but seems to zone in on anything to do with the two..

    • March 22, 2011 at 3:10 am

      I think he would be a photographer in the future. Passions are developed when there’s an appreciation that exists. I can see that he is interested in colors. I bet he has a colorful life as well. Just continue to support him in every possible way.

  4. March 21, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    My son, at 4 years old, could add the letters of the alphabet. For example, A=1 Z=26… he would remember the numbers for each letter add them together, and give you the letter they add up to.

    Now he’s 6 and multiplies, divides, knows up to trillions and adds/subtracts positives and negatives.

    Someday, maybe he’ll teach us! LOL

    • March 22, 2011 at 3:14 am

      Special children are indeed special as they have the talent that is almost uniquely theirs. You are very lucky to have a son like him. He might just become a great and well respected mathematician someday, who knows

  5. Whitney
    March 21, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Lennox is 4 years old and was diagnosed with Autism when he was 2. Before he began talking he communicated with his hands (signing, pointing, painting). He loves art and will color and draw with just about anything that makes a mess. I once came into the living room to find that he had painted me a mural on the couch….with my makeup! I was upset for a second and realized just how proud of the mural he was. Love my Lennox and how he loves to express himself through art!

    • March 22, 2011 at 3:16 am

      Hi Whitney, your story touched my heart because Lennox is trying to reach out to you in every possible way. Is he talking now? You must have been a great mother and you are an inspiration to all.

  6. Roz
    March 21, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    My twins have a special talent in music. They taught themselves to play a few instruments and they harmonize beautifully. The boys impress everyone they perform for – and they have NO FEAR in front of an audience. Here’s a link to a youtube video that they made all on their own on a Saturday morning at 6 am! (Ugh) Enjoy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V90WIyyauEY

  7. Tonya
    March 21, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    My 7 year old son has an awesome memory! He loves Star Wars, so he can give you any information you want on Darth Vader or Yoda!! We love hearing him get excited about that:) Also, math seems to be “his subject.” He loves counting money and adding figures in his head. Since I’m not a math person, I’m very impressed by this! He also is very techno-savvy. I love to watch him log onto the computer…..he can use a MAC and a PC. He’s awesome!!

  8. March 21, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    My almost 5 year old boy Caleb, who is on the spectrum but pretty high functioning, has this amazing talent and can sit down and tell you all about fans. He loves and adores fans, all kinds (celing fans, box fans, desk fans, etc) But what is so amazing about his little brain is that he has this capacity to know by looking at a fan A) what the brand name of the fan is B) how many blades it has C) if it’s capable of oscillating D) how the technical aspects of the fan actually work (you know, the behind the scenes stuff)…and I am just amazed, as are usually anyone he engages in conversation regarding his favorite topic: FANS.

    I am his biggest FAN – and he is my sweet, sweet boy. I have learned so much about how he filters the world…I enter his world most times and I engage with him and he has been making HUGE progress with his teachers/therapists/etc..

    He is amazing and has MANY other talents…but that is HIS favorite…and mine.

    Grateful mommy to my autistic son Caleb

    • Becca
      March 23, 2011 at 9:08 pm

      Wow I’m crying right now cuz I know how you feel! Caleb sounds like he is the most wonderful little boy…and you are the best mommy ever!

  9. March 21, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    My 16 year old son Luke is high functioning and gets A’s and B’s
    (has a fantastic aide but doesn’t need her so much anymore). I tell him we see the forest but he can see the trees and some of the leaves as well! He has a memory like a steel trap; if we can’t find something in our very cluttered house, he almost always has seen and noted it’s location. And if we have forgotten some event in the past or where something happened etc anything like that we just ask him. And he’s a whiz at trivia, a lot of times I ask him instead of looking on Google!

  10. March 21, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    My son has a unique way of seeing things, he is artistic, creative and bulids incredible structures and towns. My son has an interesting hobby of collecting things, everything, and categorizing it all…and arranging it all. He is the most beautiful, honest soul I have ever known. He loves animals as well, and his memory is incredible, when it is something that interests him. He is poetic, and he doesn’t even try to be…he is so unique, I am blessed to have such a wonderful boy. He loves to dress up, and has a connection to objects that make him happy…he makes everyday interesting. He loves music and is quite a little mover, he has a spectacular ear for tune and rythm. These are some of the gifts of Autism. :)

  11. Jessica
    March 21, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Special Talent, my son’s special talent is that he has perfect pitch.

    • JS
      March 21, 2011 at 6:04 pm

      My son has perfect pitch as well, according to his music teachers! He is a high school senior and was just in The Sound of Music. His acting and singing were the hit of the show and the person he is on stage is just so different than in his daily life. The school newspaper wrote a story about him and how being on stage helps him with his Asperger’s and how he has made friends through theater and band. It’s been a wonderful outlet for him and will help him as he transitions to film school next year.

  12. M Garcia
    March 21, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Music…he doesn’t play an instrument, but our son can listen to a piece of music or a song, and hum it to perfection…perfect pitch, perfect melody…and he will correct you if you sing to him and are on the wrong key.

  13. Jo Ann
    March 21, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    My son has an incredible memory for animal facts. He can tell you all there is to know about any animal in the wild or extinct; he knows the names(not just species of animals, but what the zookeepers named them) of all the animals in our zoo and the date they arrived, if they’ve been bred, what zoo their offspring went to, etc.

  14. Jo
    March 21, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    My son’s special talent is the ability to bring smiles to people’s faces whenever he walks into a room.

    • March 28, 2011 at 12:04 am

      this is the best talent of all! Hope he’ll keep doing that!

  15. Angela
    March 21, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    My son Trevur is a natural drummer and also has an amazing memory. His twin sister memorizes all kinds of songs and is a natural at dancing also. They are both PDD-NOS.

  16. Jessica
    March 21, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Thank you for posting my suggestion! My 3 year old has a musical talent. She can play the piano very well. She can copy a short song that someone else plays. She has learned to go pound on the keys when she is mad. It has lowered pounding her head out of frusteration somewhat. We also have a kids drumset that she likes to play. Madison is mildy autistic and is nonverbal.

  17. March 21, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    My 7yo daughter Abigail is an award winning artist — a painting she did when she was 4 (at a local Early Childhood Intervention function) took BEST IN SHOW for the K-12th grade division at our county level in 2010 and then took 3rd place in the same division at the Texas Regional show 2010. Several other pen and marker and watercolor paintings have ribbons at the county level from 1st to 3rd. She gets this gift from my mother. ♥

  18. charles moore
    March 21, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    i need help with two kids with autism one need to see doctor to help him get some med for him.so can you help me out let me know? thank you

    • Jen
      March 21, 2011 at 4:29 pm

      I’m not sure what sort of help you are asking for, but start by contacting your local DHHR office??? Your primary care physician/pediatrician should also be able to assist you with finding appropriate services and prescribing medication appropriate for the specific diagnosis.

    • Jenn
      March 21, 2011 at 5:15 pm

      sometimes “meds” aren’t the best answer. There’s a lot of therapy and work from your children AND YOU AS WELL to be done. Even if you get meds, you’re going to need to have a behavior plan in place for any of it to benefit your children – so they can function as adults in the world.

  19. Jo Walter
    March 21, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    I’m not sure my daughter has openly displayed traits of a special talent. She’s an avid reader, and can mimic the voices I do when I read to her. Even when she’s giving me echolalic answers they match the pitch and rhythm of the story it’s from. Just this minute she walks into the room carrying a pile of books (7 or 8) and in her typical monotone says “Mom, I’m carry a lot of books… To Joel… Can I get in the playpen?” She loves books and has helped her brother build a love of them too (as much love as a two year old can have for books lol).

  20. Amanda Ramirez
    March 21, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    I have an 11yr. Old daughter Beatriz…..she has this amazing gift with clay …she molds animals/trees…anything!..her imagination is amazing!..I mean with such details!.. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share this with you. Amanda Ramirez

  21. Stephanie
    March 21, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    My 9 year old son was diagnosed at 2 1/2 with autism and the way we knew something was wrong was he could recite the alphabet backwards we had to learn how to do this where he could just do it without seeing the alphabet. My son can also look at pictures and draw them almost to exact detail example the disney castle. My son is also very musical and can keep time very well and can also memorize songs in complete. There is many things my son excels in and I thank my stars for both of boys everyday because without them my life would be pretty boring!

  22. melissa seavey
    March 21, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    my son is a awesome swimmer,and is very lovable.

  23. Maria Rocha
    March 21, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    My son is 5 years old, and he has an amazing talent with computers and letters. He knows how to navigate the internet and how to do everything pretty much in a computer. He doesn’t write yet but he types everything on the computer, He is very good with new technology. I love my Ivan!!

    • Yeri
      March 21, 2011 at 5:05 pm

      that is amazing…. he might be in engineer wen he grow up..My son is getting there… sometime he even teaches me… thats wat make me happy..

  24. Cara
    March 21, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    My little girl is 2 years old and she is just about reading, she knows so many sight words and what they mean too!! She is absolutly incredible and makes my jaw drop daily with her progress!

    She also has a talent for lighting up my world, when she is happy the whole world is sunshine and happiness right with her!

  25. anne Karp
    March 21, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    My daughter, Sophie, 14, is great at imitating sounds, recognizing voices (as in movies) and has an incredible ear for languages!

    • Edith Keller
      March 21, 2011 at 4:17 pm

      Ditto for us also on the ear for languages and imitating sounds.

  26. Edith Keller
    March 21, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Our youngest son with the autism diagnosis has an exceptional photo graphic memory (savant skill), the five senses are highly sensitive, and is a human barometer (ability to feel the air pressure rise and fall).

  27. Luis Martinez
    March 21, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    My son Hansel love videos games, he is a genius, his 10 years old brother some times ask him how resolve problems with it

  28. Melissa
    March 21, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    My daughter has a memory that astonishes me everytime she speaks… from math to foreign languages…books..ect. However the most entertaining factor of this amazing talent is her ability to memorize a song….then express how it makes her feel through interpretive dance…all at the fabulous age of 5 y’old. Ashlen…Our beautiful little Princess…..you are our shining STAR ~~ You are such a blessing..I am thankful every day that God gave you to us.

  29. Jenny
    March 21, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    My 9 year old has amazing talents- art and math for sure. His greatest talent? His amazing ability to love and forgive without condition, without end. I can only pray I can be so great one day.

  30. Jen
    March 21, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    My <3 son <3 is 9 and has an amazing talent with computers. He has 100% self taught…since I have NO knowledge in this area. His focus is on the operating systems, programming, and the "guts" and how they work. He has appropriately nicknamed himself electro whiz kid :)

  31. Raynell Pruett
    March 21, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    My 8 year old daughter has a beautiful voice. She sang her first solo at church last summer (she sang “Tis’ So Sweet To Trust In Jesus” Ironic, huh?) she hit every note w/perfect pitch and there was not a dry eye in the building (she was almost totally non-verbal 3 years ago). She reads on a 5th grade level and has a fantastic memory. Anything she sees on TV or hears, she can recite, word for word.

  32. Shelia Carter
    March 21, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    My son, Michael, is 14 and has a fantastically artistic soul. He has PDD-NOS but it doesn’t stop him! He draws, sculpts (with clay, paper, cardboard, etc.) and uses the computer to build 3D models. He wants to be a CGI artist when he grows up, and it looks like he is well on his way! He took second prize at our local outlet mall’s “Trash to Treasure” art show last year for his full-size Dalek made from paper towel rolls, straws, cardboard, and other recycled items. I am so proud of him!

    • Mary Ann
      March 24, 2011 at 3:44 am

      Would like to see a picture of Michaels’ Dalek or other art works!!

  33. Yeri
    March 21, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    My son,has many talents, he draws very nice, an his starting to spell words and there not easy words, some i cant even spell.. also he bakes, and love to built.. His also good in video games… my son is 9 years old…

  34. Jenn
    March 21, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    My son is amazing at drawing and painting, especially from memory. He can draw ANY logo and match it perfectly – colors, shapes, shadows and all from memory. WE have quite the collection of artwork:)

    he’s also good at directions. He tells me where to go (we’re learning street signs) and is always accurate. He knows where were going if we go a certain way (which is sometimes not a good thing! :P)

    He’s been using a computer since he was about 2. He types fairly fast about 40 WPM. He’s also very good at video games. We used this for hand-eye coordination as baby and toddler. He doesn’t play them often anymore, but if he wants to, he’s great at it! He can also sing very well and hits notes with great artists like Michael Jackson.

    He’s just an amazing child! I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  35. shannon
    March 21, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    my daughter is great at baking and cooking. she is very smart and has a great memory.

  36. molly
    March 21, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    My three year old has been spelling and reading since he was 2. Some people think hyperlexia is a hard thing, but we see it as a total blessing – we have used it to build his verbal communication skills, play games, and increase comprehension. What a smartypants he is!

  37. March 21, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    My daughter ‘Beauty’ can spell, read, AND write – and she just turned 5 years old! She learned her alphabet when she was two, both in upper and lower case forms. She could play memory games with ease and now, she’s learning to spell new words all the time! I can’t keep track anymore. She’s not simply memorizing them either; she actually understands the concept of phonics because if she’s asked to spell a word (without already knowing how), she will SOUND IT OUT! I have to believe this comes from her Autism!

  38. Jennybenny
    March 21, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    My little man is 3 years old now and has known how to work our home desktop computer since he was about a year old. He was non-verbal until just a few months ago but give him an electronic item and he figures out how to use it REAL quick!!

  39. Felice
    March 21, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    My son Ethan has two special talents. Number one is he has perfect pitch he sings beautiful and he has been singing full songs as long as I can remember. Here he is signing “Beautiful Boy” by John Lennon at age 6! He looks older because he is so big.

    Number two is he is an awesome scooter rider. He loves that scooter. One day he picked it up and now he is obsessed wit it. He is even starting to do tricks.

    I love this little guy so much!

    • March 22, 2011 at 3:01 am

      I love him as well. He is very adorable. I am sure he has a bright future ahead of him.

  40. Jessica
    March 21, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    My 4 year old can hear a truck and tell you what kind of truck it is before he sees it. he has been doing it since he was 3. he also loves trains and I am guessing within a couple years he will be able to tell me what kind of train engine is coming. :-)

  41. Carol
    March 21, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    My son has an amazing gift with computers! He seems to really “speak their language”! He also has a gift of languages in general and has taught himself – through online sites – how to speak French, Spanish, and Latin! I am in awe of his ability to carry on in “chat” in several different languages to several people AT THE SAME TIME! (I don’t know how he manages to keep all the conversations straight! I sure can’t!) His typing is BLAZING fast, over 100 wpm, and he seldom needs to correct his spelling or grammar! He was born with physical problems also, that were so severe the Dr’s said he would not live beyond 3 — we just celebrated his 30th birthday!

  42. March 21, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    My 10 year old son is an avid reader, and speed reader at that. He can finish a 200 page book in an hour. But he not only reads the book, he retains the information. He can tell you in what chapter to find the answer to your question without even looking. Once he was bored and had read everything in our house several times so he picked up the bible and read it from cover to cover. Now my sweet boy will quote passages to us. It is incredible and I cannot imagine my life without him.

  43. Patricia Boardman
    March 21, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    My son Brandon Boardman has Asperger’s Syndrome. He is gifted musically and academically. He was delayed at the age of 2. He was the 1st child in our school district to go into an immersion program in the first grade. He is now in the 11th grade(a junior) and has been doing exceptionally well. He has been on the honor/principal’s honor rolls( has also been honored for this by the NAACP Eastern branch), won awards for academics, a music scholarship for lessons each year since the age of 5 with the East End Arts Council, has been playing piano since the age of 2& has perfect pitch, plays jazz & classical music, his memory is awesome(dates, times, math, music), and is currently working towards an advanced regents diploma. He will be the 1st special ed student to get this diploma in our district! Brandon has videos on Youtube(type in Brandon Boardman to see videos).

  44. Dave
    March 21, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    My 5 years old Autistc son has an amazing talent in computers. he can prety much know how to navigate the internet. he doesn’t write yet but knows how to get his fav characters.. so fast and easily. he can go to google search or you tube and type tooby & binoo or Hi 5 songs.. and also he is very goog in setting timer on his tv show. while he’s surfing the web he can set his favourate

  45. Florence
    March 21, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    My son is 4 and has an amazing memory. I read him a story one time and he can then recite the book from memory. He has also been doing 100 plus piece puzzles since age 3 as he has incredible visual skills. We were buying him the 24 piece ones for his age group, but they were boring for him. So, got him some harder ones and he put them together no problem. He also is very creative and builds some pretty interesting structures with his Trio blocks.

  46. Dave
    March 21, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    eposodes like if i am watching news he can grab the remote and go to the kids channel and see the program a head and set timer of his tooby and binoo or backyardgains show while he is doing differnt activities. he loves multi-tasking and so fast in programng the remote. i always learn a lot of things from him everyday. my Amazing little programmer

  47. March 22, 2011 at 2:59 am

    From the experiences we read here, we can really tell that autism is not a deterrent in developing talents in our children. It might be very challenging but never impossible. I have even heard some grown ups with autism who want to become teachers. Very amazing. They become more valuable because of their first hand experiences.

  48. Karen Kelly
    March 22, 2011 at 6:56 am

    Eric is 37 years old and nonverbal. He uses signed speech, but his receptive language skills are equivalent to a 3 year old. He has an amazing memory for people and places. I have taken him to stores that he has not visited for 10 years. He will remember where the restrooms are located or where the snack bar is located. He can visit someone’s home after several years and remember exactly which kitchen cabinet holds the chocolate candy.

  49. Christine maddox
    March 22, 2011 at 7:26 am

    My son 11yo, has a talent for playing some mean spoons of all things. He watched a video and was hooked. He is amazing.

  50. Michael
    March 22, 2011 at 9:10 am

    My daughter does word search puzzles in 3 minutes!

  51. sandra hamilton
    March 22, 2011 at 9:49 am

    My grandsons Kevin age 7 and Charlie age 6 love to take pictures and video
    both love to be in front of the camera. I have to watch Charlie because he will get my phone and start taking pictures with it.

  52. Polly
    March 22, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    My son who is now 14 was diagnosed with Asperger’s at age 9. When he was 10 we found Biomedical treatments that worked extremely well for him. It was a long haul of 2 years and lots of money spent, but the difference in him has been amazing. He has lost almost all of his sensory issues, and has gained an understanding of humor, to the point where he now performs it on stage and on TV! He began taking acting classes at the age of 10, and has auditioned alot in Boston and NYC. He now attends a performing arts school and is a cast member of a kids comedy/variety show that is filmed in Worcester MA, and airs all over our state, as well as NYC. He recently finished a short film with the other cast members of this show, and no one on this show has any idea that he has a diagnoses! We are so proud of him and all he has overcome!

  53. Kathleen Bevan
    March 22, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    I could probably pick a few things our son has special talents in, but, since he was 2 years old, he could name every dinosaur and prehistoric creature , pronounce the names correctly (which I still cannot do)..Over the years this led to where they lived, what they ate,and gained him the nickname of dinoboy in grade school. Now at age 19 he volunteers in a paleontology lab on a university and is attending college to follow his dreams of…guess what… paleontology. Work with those focused interests, you never know where it will take them!

  54. Becca
    March 23, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    OMG I’m a bit blown away after reading all these posts! It never occurred to me that my boy age 4 is autistic. I came into this completely uneducated! After a recent referral from his doc to get evaluated I have been reading and educating myself. I’m sure he must be on the spectrum and have to wait 3 months to have him evaluated. He has a great talent for singing, stomping and clapping top 40 songs! Plus he has delayed echolasia! We thought it was just something cute that he did and put up You Tube videos (CharlieStomp). Now we know it’s not normal…but we love him so much the way he is. I just worry about his future…

    • Patricia Pawlak
      April 2, 2011 at 1:20 am

      He will find his way. We have never treated out sons autism as a “disability”. We revel in the things that he can do and promote those talents. Your son may grow up to be a musician! How awesome.

  55. MARTHA
    March 24, 2011 at 1:56 am

    I have Aspergers and I am 51 years old. I paint oil portraits, and I’m a sign painter. I also make jewelry and I’m a jewelry designer and I make hand carved candles. My son has Aspergers also and is very talented at art as well and he carves candles. He is 16 years old.
    My partners son has Aspergers also. When he was 12 he designed a necklace made with marbles and now has his own business venture. It is called “Lost Your Marbles… We found them!”

  56. Patricia Pawlak
    April 2, 2011 at 1:16 am

    My son can speak Latin and Greek. Nothing like majoring in ancient, dead languages.

  57. Loreen
    April 26, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    I always had higher than average intelligence in spelling. I can instantly spot a misspelled word when I see one. Most people would never notice.

  58. Loreen
    April 26, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Loreen :I always had higher than average intelligence in spelling. I can instantly spot a misspelled word when I see one. Most people would never notice.

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