11 Things Not to Say to Someone with Autism

Although autism awareness and acceptance has increased over the years, people on the spectrum still find themselves faced with questions and comments that make them confused or uncomfortable at best, offended at worst. Those who say them often don’t mean to come across as rude or disrespectful; they just don’t know better or understand what others find hurtful. That’s why …

Why Are Sleep Issues So Common Among People with Autism?

If you know and love a person with autism—or if you are a person with autism—you are probably quite familiar with the sleep problems that often plague those on the spectrum. The types of sleep problems experienced may vary from person to person. However, the most common issues include difficulty falling and staying asleep, sleeping less than neurotypical peers, and waking up …

Why High Functioning Autism Is So Challenging

By Lisa Jo Rudy | Reviewed by a board-certified physician The autism spectrum is very large. If you think of it as a rainbow (or a bell curve), you’ll note that there’s an awful lot of the spectrum that is at neither one end nor the other—but somewhere in the middle. At this point in history, we don’t have good information to tell us …

What People with Autism Have Been Saying About Eye Contact Has Been Right All Along

Many people with autism have cited that eye contact for them can be uncomfortable, unnatural, overwhelming, or even painful. Thanks to a study published in the journal, Scientific Reports, we not only have evidence to back that up but also have a potential biological explanation as to why it occurs. Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital made their findings by examining functional …