Autism as a Character Trait

Autism_spectrum_infinity_awareness_symbol.svgI’m writing a story right now where one of the main characters is an autistic child. I have been doing a lot of reading to try to understand just what that would mean to this young man in the situation I’m injecting him into. I got the idea for this a few years ago when I saw the movie Temple Grandin — about a woman with the same name — starring Claire Danes.

The boy is stuck with his mother in the middle of semi-apocalyptic maelstrom so severe as to make them struggle to survive. I call it “semi-apocalyptic” for a reason. You’ll have to read the story to find out what that reason might be.

I wonder if anyone else who might come across this post has done something similar — building a character trait (sometimes called a “flaw”) into a source of drama and character interest?

2 thoughts on “Autism as a Character Trait

  1. I’ve not written much of anything in a long, long time, but I have two family members with high functioning autism (once known as Asperger’s syndrome).
    If you’ve not seen the movie “Adam” yet, I recommend a watch. Also, a good book to read is “Look Me In the Eye.”
    Those are more about Aspergers than the lesser functioning autistic disorders, but a good study anyway.

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