Trying to explain Autism to a Neurotypical person is difficult. There are many things that I struggle with including
- Social skills
- Sensory processing
- Having to have a routine
- Literal thinking (concrete thinking)
When I try to explain what I’m struggling with sometimes the NT (Neurotypical) person does not understand. I try to explain why sound bothers me, and that NO, not everybody struggles with sensory issues. Sometimes NT’s get mad at me because I didn’t understand them.
Sometimes I try to explain it in my own terms, but NT’s get confused “Oh, everybody struggles with that.” or “You need to try harder.” Believe me, I’m trying. Explaining Autism is difficult because NT’s can’t really feel the struggles of being Autistic. So, do I ever think anybody will understand me as an Autistic person? Probably not. I do have supportive people in my life that do understand me some but do not understand me completely. I have learned that it is not likely for somebody to understand all of my struggles, but that I have support to go to if I need it.
So that sums up why it is difficult to explain Autism to an NT person.
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