Editor’s Note: The suggestions below come to us from Krista Mason, the mother of a child who has autism. She is the founder of Benjamin’s Hope, an organization designed to address the multifaceted needs of adult individuals and families affected by autism and other intellectual and developmental differences
Some general tips:
Considerations when interacting with people with autism
Be aware that sometimes people with autism make noises that are unusual. Generally, they can’t help it. It is best to just carry on without drawing attention. Also, people with autism often have “self-stimulatory” behaviors such as: jumping, flapping, and particular eye movements. These movements are a part of autism, and you show kindness when you do not make a big deal about them.
It’s ok to ask a friend about his or her disability, but it’s also okay for a friend to not want to talk about it. It should be the person’s choice.