Autism and Different Traits

By Tyler Ody - 27 July 2023

Opinion and Features

Living with Autism - a column by The Autistic Journalist Tyler Ody. North Swindon resident Tyler Ody has been working for Swindon Link for the past three years. From the age of four Tyler has been diagnosed with Classic Autism. Here's his new monthly column.

Hey everybody! Welcome back to Living With Autism. In Instalment number 13 I will be talking about different traits in autistic people. We all have different traits but autistic people like myself have things in a certain way.

I have a massive CD collection which I have to have in release order from debut to latest because it's the way I like to have them. Some people may like them in different orders.

Another trait I have is cups and mugs in a certain colour pattern. I always do this when I've unloaded the dishwasher; it always goes in the order then it keeps the cupboard neat and tidy.

Whenever I eat certain food such as a burger I have to eat it seperate, as in taking it apart and eat certain things first. I think this is quite a common trait in autistic people so I know how it feels.

Emotions can be a trait for autistic people as I sometimes can get a bit emotional. It is ok to feel down but emotions can also be happy and excited.

I am a bit of a perfectionist when I am at home or work as I like things to run smoothly and have it all done before deadline, such as writing my column at Swindon Link and recording and editing at Swindon 105.5, as I want it to be excellent quality of content for the reader or listener. 

There are a lot traits in people with autism which makes us the way we are and never change the way and just keep being you.

I can't wait to see you next month.


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