One of the most common lacks generally listed is imagination. "People with autism lack imagination," the articles say, "and prefer to repeat the same experiences over and over again."
I think most of these writers are confusing imagination with a desire for novelty. And there are plenty of people out there who prefer consistency AND have terrific imaginations.
In fact, so far I haven't met a person with autism who has no imagination.
My own son, Tom, can make up stories and improvise music better than most typical kids his age. I know a girl with Asperger syndrome who wins poetry prizes. People with autism are extraordinary visual artists and dancers. Some are writers and poets.
It's true that many people with autism like consistency and predictability. Some like repetition. But my experience is that the consistency and predictability are tools for managing anxiety - not a substitute for creative thought and ability.
Do you know a person with autism whose creative ability makes him or her extraordinary? Share your stories!