Autism and Sociability
January 31, 2013
Some people believe that Autistics are antisocial. I am not antisocial, though some people might interpret my behavior as though I am. I like being around people at social events because I am curious, and I like to get to know new people and unwind after a long day. When I am not around people I miss the stimulation talking to my friends, family and certain people I do not know. When I was younger I would go into my room during a big party (even for my own birthday parties). I think I had a sensory overload, but it was a good sensory overload. It was like pigging out on all the candy and chocolate ice cream you can handle. I was so ‘stuffed’ from the stimulation that I had to take a break. I was taking it all in. Another thing is that I also run out of topics to talk about and my brain gets a little overheated from talking for a while and I need a rest.
When I graduated from high school, I wanted to have a graduation party but my parents were worried that I wouldn’t be a good host and I would leave my own party. They were probably right, but I’m more mature now and I know I would do much better these days. Having many people around makes me feel good.
Lee Passehl blogs for the Autism Society about his life with autism. Read his story!
Topics:Living with Autism
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