When many people think of “mild” or “high-functioning” autism, they may picture someone who faces far fewer challenges than someone on the more severe end of the spectrum. But that is not always true. Sometimes people with “high-functioning” autism simply face different challenges. Or sometimes they learn to mask just how difficult it is for them to deal with certain issues. This has led to a lot of discussion in the autism community about functioning labels, and whether they hurt more than they help. To learn more about that, check out our post here.
People on the spectrum (even those who are “high-functioning”) can sometimes feel overwhelmed by the outside world. Social situations are complex and confusing, ambient sounds are unfiltered and disruptive, and the thoughts and emotions of others are unknown and indecipherable. It might be difficult to understand what a loved one with autism is going through, but it’s still possible to imagine it.
This video goes into detail into what it might be like to live with autism. Of course, every individual is different, but this offers one perspective.
The world can be overwhelming to people with autism, and it is up to all of us to understand it and educate others.
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