Each autistic person is unique, of course. But some common traits include:
- Difficulty reading the facial expressions of neurotypical people. (This goes both ways – Neurotypical people often have trouble reading facial expressions of autistic people too! It’s called the Double Empathy Problem – here’s a quick cartoon explanation).
- Repetitive physical behaviors (sometimes called “stimming”)
- Extra sensitivity to noise, light, or the texture of clothing or food
- A need for a structured routine
Each autistic person – just like anyone else – will have their own strengths and challenges and may need different kinds of accommodations or support.