Fire Alarms, Maps, Telephone Poles, You and Me: The Beauty of Special Interests

The Beauty of Special Interests

Special interests are one of the “features” of ASD’s. When listed in the DSM, or other diagnostic tools, it seems to be noted with a negative connotation, but I am still not sure what is so negative about it. As a matter of fact, I am sure it is just the opposite!

Right now, Dash’s special interest is fire alarms.

Last year it was maps.

And before that, telephone poles!

There have actually been many other special interests such as puzzles (he was doing 100 piece puzzles by himself at the age of 2 3/4), K’nex, electricity, alternative energy…the list goes on!

It is especially fun to share a common special interest with a brother:


Who knows what the future will hold … Look at where Temple Grandin ended up with her special interest in cows!  Special Interests are an avenue for our children to show us how their minds work… it is a beautiful thing.

It’s is also truly amazing how much passion Dash (and Sketch, too) works up for these interests.  Dash would spend hours on his favorite topics, mastering them in a variety of ways.  For example, with maps, he not only memorized the local street map but the state, country and world maps.  He then branched off to google maps and would “drive” around through the states!  He even found his grandparents house!  Then he went on to states & capitals from there, and capitals of different countries… There is really no end to the discovery, the pursuit of a special interest.

You know, God has a special interest too: you and me!

He goes to extremes to know us. His passion for us has no end.  He even wrote an entire book on his pursuit of us… the Bible.

Happy Valentines Day!

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