Why eye contact is so distressing for people with autism

When Xolie Morra Cogley greets clients at her dog grooming business in Seattle, she struggles to make eye contact, a common trait among people with autism. Once the customers leave, eye contact with the dogs is much easier ― and essential. 

Cogley, 37, who describes herself as an “autistic woman of all trades,” said she’s trained herself to keep eye contact with her four-legged charges to establish the essential leadership role in order to avoid aggression and bites. 

People are a different story. But Cogley said they are understanding of her eye shifts when she explains why.

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5th August 2017
Huffington Post