Tuesday, June 10, 2008

famous people with autistic traits

My daughter is not what my mind first went to when they said "autism." She is happy, hugging, sweet, and funny. She does not rock back and forth. She does not hit her head on things. She does have definite characteristics, don't get me wrong. Her speech is incredibly limited. Communication is very hard for her. She would rather be alone than with kids her age. She is SUPER into organization (lines up things by color quite often). She would rather figure out how something works than play with it as it is intended.

I've spent MANY hours researching autism and have found that some very famous people have autistic traits...here are a few. These people may be on the autism spectrum, just have characteristics, or are just unique and cool to the rest of us :)

Isaac Newton

John Denver

Franz Kafka

George Bernard Shaw

Mark Twain
Vincent VanGogh

Jim Henson

Andy Kaufman

Charles Shultz

Andy Warhol

Woody Allen

Bob Dylan

Bill Gates

Al Gore

John Nash

Keanu Reeves

I think my daughter is in good company :)


pjmomof3boys said...

I'd say your daughter is in VERY good company! Very interesting...I had no idea! Keep writing those posts! :)


CN said...

Great company! She is such a cutie! I am so proud of her progress. It is so neat. Thanks for sharing your journey with us.

Monte Goodyk said...

Our children sound very similar. My 7 yo son is also very social and very loving. He has quite a vocabulary, but most of it is spoken too fast and too loud to be understand. I translate for him quite often.

I just found your blog, but definitely plan to visit often. I can't wait to learn more about your love.

groovyteach said...

pjmom, i'm glad you checked out the blog. i look forward to hearing your thoughts!

cn, ty for the comments. i hope you'll come back.

monte, i hope we can swap information on things to help our kids. glad you found me!