Autism Acceptance Month – Day 26 – Eye Cont...

A lot of Autistics have trouble making eye contact. If we do make eye contact its usually very uncomfortable for us. I can and do make eye contact a lot of time, as it was expected of me growing up. I have never really liked making eye contact though, so whenever I wouldn’t look at someone while they were talking or while I was talking I would get yelled at when I was a kid. As it seems NTs think if you aren’t looking at them while in a conversation you must not be listening.

If you know someone is Autistic, please don’t expect them to make eye contact all of the time, or at all if they aren’t comfortable doing so.

Autism Acceptance Month – Day 25 – Childhoo...

Autism Acceptance Month – Day 24 – Comfort ...

Another comfort item I had when I was really young (ages 1-5) was this yellow dog plush. I remember taking him everywhere with me. He was slightly weighted – I later learned that he was filled with ground nut shells. That also explains why I could never get the horrible scent of patchouli off of him, since he had organic materials inside. I was devastated that my brothers dad sprayed him with that scent, as I hated it. It was horrible and a sensory overload, so you can imagine as a tiny Autistic child I nope’d and didn’t want anything to do with my dog plush anymore.

I no longer have the plush, but I did find a picture of one online. I think by the time mine got ruined he was missing his nose and his fur was very matted, yet I still loved him to death. While searching for this photo I learned he was a Dakin Drooper dog made in the 1970’s. I knew he was my mom’s as a kid, and then she gave him to me.