Autistic individuals perceive the world in a unique way that may differ from those who are neurotypical. Here are some aspects to consider when understanding how autistic people might experience the world around them:
- Sensory sensitivities: Autistic individuals may have heightened or reduced sensitivity to sensory stimuli, such as sounds, lights, smells, tastes, and textures. This can lead to either a greater appreciation for specific sensory experiences or discomfort and distress when exposed to certain stimuli. People with autism are very sensitive to the stimuli they receive from their environment. When they receive too many stimuli at the same time, they can feel disoriented, overwhelmed, and highly stressed. We must understand that when a child with autism has a tantrum it is for something, it is not attracting attention, it is because something has happened that has overwhelmed him too much and pushed him to his limit.
- Social interactions: Autistic people may find it challenging to navigate social situations, interpret non-verbal cues, and maintain conversations. This can make social environments overwhelming or confusing, leading to a different experience of social interactions than neurotypical individuals.
- Attention to detail: Many autistic individuals have a remarkable ability to focus on details and patterns, which may result in a unique perspective of the world around them. They might notice subtle details that others might overlook, leading to a deeper understanding of specific topics or interests.
- Routines and predictability: Autistic people may find comfort in routines and predictability, which helps them make sense of the world and feel more at ease. Unexpected changes or disruptions to routines can be distressing and challenging for them to navigate.
- Special interests: Autistic individuals often have intense and highly focused interests in specific subjects or activities. These interests can bring great joy and satisfaction, providing a unique lens through which they view and engage with the world.
It is essential to remember that autism is a spectrum, and each person’s experience will be different. While the points above highlight some common aspects of how autistic individuals may perceive the world, individual experiences will vary greatly.
Some autistic people say that the world feels overwhelming and this can cause considerable anxiety.
We must learn to live with, look at, treat, and respect people with Autism because in them is a fantastic human being, who constantly works to belong to society.
“Allow yourself the opportunity to meet, treat and understand a person with Autism, you will realize that you are with a wonderful person who struggles day by day, to be accepted in this world.” Silvia Gonzalez