Day 6 - โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿคช๐Ÿ˜‹

If you saw the photos I put up earlier today you will see there are more faces in them than has been the case most days. There was even video of yours truly riding his bike. Facial expressions normally help smooth social interactions. You or I might be able to tell if someone is happy or sad, stressed or excited by the look on their face. Or in my case today, pretty damn warm!

People who are autistic may have difficulty reading facial expressions. There are posts on NASโ€™s forum by those who have been diagnosed as being on the autistic spectrum who talk about their difficulties identifying facial expressions. Now imagine going in to work tomorrow morning and imagine not being able to read your colleagues expressions, and imagine how much more difficult it might make the first interaction. Now imagine that is your experience of every interaction.

The other difficulty that some people with autism also have is not knowing what facial expression to use when. Imagine how you might feel telling a story about a particularly painful experience and the person smiles in response rather than providing a look of empathy. Now imagine how bad that person might feel if they think they have used an inappropriate facial expression.

Thanks for reading,

Neil