“I know of nobody who is purely autistic, or purely neurotypical. Even God has some autistic moments, which is why the planets spin.” -Jerry Newport, Your Life is not a Label.
How true! I also have never met someone who is purely autistic or purely neurotypical. All the children I know who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders have neurotypical traits that become more evident as we give them opportunities to develop. An autism diagnosis is never a definition, it only provides a direction in which to encourage and expect growth. On the other hand, I’ve never know a person that I could say was completely neurotypical. Everyone struggles to maintain control over life and we all find interpersonal relationships to be impossible at times. The wonderful punchline reminds me that there are aspects of autism that are beautiful and can be appreciated ‘as is’. Not everything must be remediated, treated, or extinguished. Do God’s autistic moments make the planets spin? It’s one of the most delightful explanations I’ve heard.