Autism and math.
So, there’s a pretty popular notion that autistics are naturally good at math.
This is one of those things that I’m initially tempted to argue against; I’m not fond of stereotypes about autistic aptitude. But when I think of myself and my abilities, and those of other autistics I know, the commonality is pretty obvious.
We’re all pretty damn good at math.
Some of us are better than others, but it’s intuitive for most of us. Of my autistic friends, I’m the only one who actually dislikes math; I prefer history and art. But I’m still good at it. The only math concept that pretty much escapes me is algebra, and that’s because looking at numbers represented as letters is super disorienting for me. Geometry makes perfect sense to me though.
So this is a question for the autism community: do you find, as autistics, that you’re naturally good at math? Are you better at algebra or geometry? Do you even like math?
Parents of autistics can answer this one about their kids too, I guess. I just want to get a general idea.
no. I have dyscalcia. this is a stereotype. I know autistics both with and without math talents and it’s not even 50-50.