Autism and Shyness

In friendship, like many autistic people, I am sort of shy. I saw a friend the other day who was meeting some new people. He covered his face and hid in his jacket. I used to do that sometimes when I was small. Sometimes I even hid in my closet when a lot of company came over.

Though I don’t hide anymore, I’m still shy. I hide in myself. People hide in their stims too, or by leaving the room. It’s anxiety, I think, not stupidity or indifference to people. It’s sensory overwhelming sensations that  come in strong emotions.

One response to “Autism and Shyness

  1. Thank you for sharing this. My son who also has autism tends to close his eyes and sometimes he will cover his eyes or hide behind me when somebody he dont know speaks to him.Do you know of any way that would make him more comfortable?

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