One of the many unhelpful traditional stereotypes about autistic people is that we don’t have a well developed capacity for abstract thinking. When we are young we learn to recognise concrete items – dog, plane, mummy etc.

Abstract thinking entails being able to use our imaginations, to form ideas, understand invisible concepts, formulate reasons why things have happened. Our imaginations, love, jealousy and humour all rely on abstract thinking.

We are very capable of abstract thinking, and Fern Brady, Hannah Gadsby, Asperger’s Are Us – are all examples of the many really funny autistic comedians out there, who wouldn’t be brilliant at what they do without the capacity for abstract thinking.

I’ve put a link here to some autistic comedy on YouTube – it’s also on the Information page.