Facial expressions between autistic and typical people may be mismatched

I can relate to this experience myself – Greg

Conversations between an autistic and a typical person involve less smiling and more mismatched facial expressions than do interactions between two typical people, a new study suggests1.

People engaged in conversation tend to unconsciously mimic each other’s behavior, which may help create and reinforce social bonds. But this synchrony can break down between autistic people and their neurotypical peers, research shows. And throughout an autistic person’s life, these disconnects can lead to fewer opportunities to meet people and maintain relationships.
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Motor difficulties in autism, explained

BY LAUREN SCHENKMAN

Most of my life from a early age I had problems with my hand righting and often got my hands slapped in school with a ruler.   Followed me all my life.   My eye hand coordination was always off and one of the reasons I stayed away from sports.  I also had anxiety for getting feedback from my parents about my walking .  On one of my jobs I was criticized for the way I walked.  In the employers mind I showed no sense of urgency.     Yet I did get things done.   – Greg

Most autistic people — 87 percent, according to the latest estimate — have some sort of motor difficulty, ranging from an atypical gait to problems with handwriting1. These issues are distinct from the repetitive behaviors considered to be a hallmark of autism. And yet, despite their prevalence, motor problems are not considered a core trait of autism, because they also occur with other conditions, such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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