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One of the hallmarks of autism is an unusual eye contact. It can be difficult for outsiders to understand what this is all about. This video gives a great perspective on this.

 Image: Screenshot from video (Youtube)


The video starts up with the following quote:

- Someone asked my son why he struggles so much with eye contact.


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Overwhelmed by information

And this was the son's answer:

- My eyes can see very well.

- Most people seem to have to look long and hard to get the meaning out of a picture. I can "take in" a picture in an instant.

- Every day I can see many insignificant details. I disregard not being overwhelmed by the vast amount of such small pieces of information.

- I look at things that a teacher or another person asks me to look at. This helps me concentrate on what I should focus on.

- I can search for the teacher's voice to try to focus. 

- I learn best from sitting side-by-side with the teacher. Sitting next to the teacher helps me focus on the teacher's voice instead of visual distractions.

- I get a lot of sounds with me too. I have to remove some stimuli to be able to answer questions or demands from other people.

- I get sad when others think I do not like them. 

- I love people.


The world is far too intense

Having autism is in many ways another way of using the brain, where the world often becomes too "intense." Therefore, researchers have begun to use a new model to understand autism spectrum disorders, where an important concept is intense world theory, or the "world is too intense" theory of people with autism.

The video above is therefore a good example of this.

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