Well the first topic is on special interests. It’s an area that I found fascinating in all my studies and clinical work in ASD. I have learned a lot about drain covers, dinosaurs, Thomas the Tank Engine, etc. But I’ve also learnt to use the special interest constructively as a measure of intellectual ability and thinking as a means of coping with anxiety. Also as a potential career, and it’s something that needs to be explored. Why do they exist? Many reasons for example: to give you energy when you’re depleted, that wow factor of appreciation from others, and respect, which may not occur in other aspects of life.