People on the autism spectrum vary enormously from each other but they all find social interaction difficult.
For example, some people on the autism spectrum
- Are unwilling to make direct eye contact with other people
- May not respond when their name is called or when they are spoken to
- Are unaware of social conventions/appropriate social behavior. For example they may not understand the importance of taking turns during a conversation.
- Are indifferent or averse to physical contact and affection. For example, they may not like being hugged.
- Prefer solitary activities and do not try to make friends or would like to make friends but don't know how.
Please see our detailed entry on Social Interaction and Autism