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Thread on #autism, double empathy and #communication.

Most people are familiar with the idea that #autistic people are often direct when they speak and that this sometimes leads to misunderstandings, in a society like ours which values indirect communication.
There is much less discussion around non verbal communication (NVC) for #autistic people, apart from the stereotype "they just don't get it".
Many autistic people I know are in fact experts in NVC, because they've studied it in great depth.

Does double empathy apply here too?
I see many people who consider themselves 'experienced' in #autism who fail to recognise the most basic NVC from #autistic people.

Body language or behaviour which (to me at least) very obviously communicates distress or anxiety gets misinterpreted or ignored altogether.
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