When an autistic person takes a “beginner” class designed for a neurotypical person, it may not be beginner enough.
Monthly Archive: May 2020
“You’re not even trying!” If you say this to your autistic loved one, you couldn’t be more wrong, and it’s damaging to their mental health. Trying is all we do.
Why do autistic people have difficulty with gifts? It’s much harder for us to hide disappointment in gifts, and our feelings can get hurt because the gifts seem to reflect a lack of understanding of us as people.
What does it really feel like for an autistic person to socialize? It feels a bit like this, and that’s why we have to recover from it.
Autistic People Often Don’t Realize We’ve Deeply Hurt a Neurotypical Person’s Feelings (The Library Story)
Has an autistic person in your life offended you, but they don’t seem to care? They may not even be AWARE that they hurt you at all, and your reaction is scaring them!
Do autistic people just ignore being laughed at and picked on or not realize? It’s a bit of both, usually, and this lack of awareness can actually be dangerous.
Is your autistic loved one messing with you on purpose? Probably not. It’s important to understand that autistic and neurotypical intentions are often very different, as is the interpretation of them.
“You did that on purpose!” Autistic intentions and neurotypical intentions are often very different. It’s important to understand that many autistic people are confused by the reaction of neurotypical people to their actions, which should have had an entirely different outcome.
Is your autistic child repeating what you say? This isn’t an attempt to annoy you, it’s an attempt to communicate.