There is a common myth that autistic people are incapable of eye contact. This is untrue. Although some autistic people have difficulty with eye-contact or may not give eye contact, there are also autistic people who give situational eye contact, fake eye contact, or have no difficulty with eye contact.
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great video! xo
Thanks for this, Christa. x
Eye contact never came naturally to me – I was told at some point that it was something you should do to be polite. (I was never told that it helped other people know that you were listening, though I can see that that makes sense.)
Like you, I find looking into someone else’s eyes a very intimate thing to do, and if I do anything more than a quick glance, I feel as though I’m overdoing it. I also quite often focus on people’s mouths in noisier environments, but a lot of the time (except when I’m actually speaking, I think) I’ll look sideways or down, focusing on something else in the room (or even outside the room, assuming there’s a room at all!).
By the way, I am now the proud owner of a WeFidget trichromatic trinity spinner, thanks to your recommendation in a previous episode. It’s very shiny (and very spinny, of course). I was a little worried when I realised how heavy it was, though, because I have a strange aversion to small dense objects (weird, I know!). But it seems to be OK! 🙂