4. Eye contact can be extremely difficult, even confronting. Often, a person with autism can focus much better on what you are saying if they don’t have to look at your eyes.
5. There is a difference between a tantrum and an autistic meltdown. A tantrum is deliberate, when a child does not get something they want. A meltdown comes from an instinctual place, due to being overwhelmed – there is nothing deliberate about a meltdown. Where you deal with a tantrum through discipline, when someone is having a meltdown, they need to be protected and supported.
Remember, a person with autism is first and foremost a person. They may have a different abilities and unique challenges, but they deserve to be accepted and loved as every person deserves to be accepted and loved.
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