If you are someone on the spectrum you may have difficulties with interpreting both verbal and non-verbal language like gestures or tone of voice or find it difficult to read other people’s feelings and intentions. This can make it very hard to navigate in the social world and in a place where we have unwritten rules, the world can appear very unpredictable and confusing. It is not unusual for people on the spectrum to appear as insensitive or they may be appeared to behave strangely.
It is not strange for someone on the spectrum to seek out time alone when overloaded by other people. This is why they often prefer to have routines so that they know what is going to happen. They may want to travel the same way to and from school or work, wear the same clothes or eat exactly the same food for breakfast.
People on the spectrum may also repeat movements such as twirling a pen or opening and closing a door. People on the spectrum often engage in these behaviours to help calm themselves when they are stressed or anxious.
Many autistic people avoid everyday situations because of their sensitivity issues. Schools, workplaces, and shopping centres can be particularly overwhelming and cause sensory overload. There are many simple adjustments that can be made to make environments more people on the spectrum.
Be U counselling Service, based in Poole, Bournemouth and Dorset offers you, a space to talk about your thoughts and your feelings in a safe, confidential environment. It allows you time to recognise your triggers and find coping mechanisms to help you reduce your anxiety. Talking therapy can be extremely beneficial to you, as it can help you to explore your feelings and emotions and try to make sense of the world around you.