i tend to think there are some autistic diagnoses that are one thing and some that are another. and the first thing is roughly an extension of the so-called neurotypical spectrum of personality while the second is more distinctly different.
im not totally sure where my own son shows up though. which is evidence for the fact that these two things are just really me noticing different points on a full spectrum. also its probbaly silly to conceive of a single continuum when personality is compelx enough to warrant a multidemensional spectrum even in metaphor.
anyway, i made this little thing a while back and ran into it in my notes:
might need to click it to see ful thing as its oddly shaped
curious about others thoughts here about the autistic spectrum. i expect some people are way off and not up to speed on the best thinking and research but i dont care and hope nobody gets all angry and nuts when someone asserts something wrong or whatever. the autistic community is hostile toward itself. its not a safe space lol. but this board seems to handle complex issues better than any ive seen.