Many Autistic people have interests that pertain to unique subjects. To many, they are referred to as “obsessions”, which is not the correct wording for these interests. Not only is it rude to call it an obsession, but also, it invalidates their interests and makes it look like there’s something wrong with that person for having those interests. Autism isn’t a mental illness and shouldn’t be treated as one.
For neurotypical people, having the same interest is an ” interest”. So why should it be called an “obsession” for Autistic people and people with ADHD? The correct term is “special interests”.
I have many special interests, with my main one being Motorola. I love Motorola phones, their logo, and pretty much anything that pertains to Motorola. I also love video games, gardening, cooking, baking, arts, crafts, sewing, parrots, dogs, computers, and photography. Many of my interests are very productive. I use my special interests in cooking and baking to cook delicious food for my family. I can use my interests in arts, crafts, and sewing to make things for others and myself.
I use my special interest with Motorola to write for Motorola Lovers, which is the largest Motorola fan community, which I write blogs and social media posts for them.
I spend a lot of time playing video games to relax and I spend a lot of time, playing my Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. I love playing Animal Crossing and Mario on my Switch. Animal Crossing: New Horizons seems to be my favorite game these days.
Special interests can help Autistic people and people with ADHD, find meaningful employment. Many of them have high-paying jobs in technology because of this. But not all of them do. Some are self-employed and some are unable to find work. Some prefer to work in retail and some prefer to work in mechanics or other professions.
For students to be successful in school, special interests should be incorporated into education. People are more likely to learn if they can incorporate their special interests in their studies. I would have loved to write about Motorola when I was in school, but I kept my special interest about Motorola a secret, so I wouldn’t be bullied over it. Everyone has their own special interests and it should be respected. No one should be bullied over what they are interested in.
Special interests can be great for Autistic and ADHD people who are looking for a job. They can find meaningful employment within their special interests. Not all people want to work within their special interests. Some may find it too complex to work within them. I know someone who likes slot machines but doesn’t want to work at a casino. They would much rather work in retail, as it’s less stress for them and more tailored to their needs.
Many special interests help Autistic and ADHD people with the every day challenges they deal with. They literally cannot function without them. I am like that about my Moto Z4. I deal with constant frustration from my Autism, and need my Moto Z4 to calm me down.
What are your special interests and how to you spend your time with them? Feel free to answer below in the comments!