Do you use your relationships with others in a more practical manner? Do you interact with your coworkers, friends, fellow students, and family members like they are your staff? Are they actually staff like in their relationship with you?
Do you find yourself repeating nonfunctional movements or repeating identical phrases?
Do you provide unpredictable responses and leave others uncertain where to "fit in" to your outlook? Do others have trouble trying to engage you socially and to “fit in” to your world?
Do you have to tell yourself that you must focus on the "correct" visual target when talking to others? Does eye contact with others confuse or upset you a little?
Do you have difficulty problem-solving when it requires inferring the motive behind another person's course of action?
Do you have difficulty understanding the concept of body language? Is it hard to make sense of the contribution of our non-verbal communication when interacting with others?
If you answered YES to 3 or more questions...
If you answered “yes” to 3 or more of these questions, then you do have quite a bit in common with your friends with autism. Welcome to the human race. Welcome to the compassionate understanding that we are all striving to do our best.