In the previous post regarding the challenges of ASD, we discussed flexibility. Similarly, those with autism can also have difficulties with social interaction. People with ASD tend to have challenges reading the nonverbal and verbal cues of a situation. Likewise, communicating their own views and intents effectively are also problematic. As always social interaction skills and deficits vary by individual.
Here’s what may happen during social interactions:
- There may be feelings of nervousness or insecurity
- Others may perceive an individual is acting in a strange manner
- People may avoid those with difficulties in social situations.
- There may be difficulty expressing views and feelings
- Inability to start or maintain a conversation
- The autistic person monopolizes any attempt at discussion
- Eye contact is challenging or non-existent
All of the above can lead to feelings of discomfort and awkwardness and may cause an individual to withdraw. This can lead to being perceived as standoffish or aloof. Therapy and practice can often address these challenges.
There is no reason to feel uncomfortable or to withdraw from social situations. There are a lot of people without the autism diagnosis that dread the company party or occasional social event. At Independent with Autism, we work with people that have ASD/ Asperger’s Syndrome to improve social interactions, reducing these awkward and possibly dangerous situations. For more information please contact us. We’d love to discuss how difficulties with social interactions can be conquered!