I found this article interesting: https://www.succeedsocially.com/lesssocialstereotypes
Normally I don’t spend much time thinking what if I knew I was autistic sooner but reading this made me think I wish I could have said to a couple of people from my past exactly that: I’m not a weirdo you think I am only because I don’t engage with the gossip you find that fascinating. I’m just myself, you know? You need to change your perception and expectations of me.
At the bottom of the article there is a link to a book. I didn’t read it and at the present moment I have no intention to but I guess if someone is interested in working on their social skills, it may help them, even if it will be just a little bit. Just to make you aware – the book hasn’t been written with autistic reader in mind.
I do remember like once, when I was in my 20s, someone who I barely knew told me it was their birthday so I said ‘happy birthday then’ and that simple wish caused everyone in the group to pull faces at me.
It was probably something in my face expression or tone of voice that caused it and I kind of knew it could be that but didn’t know what face expression would work better and how to control it. I’m writing this to make you aware that a general training in social skills may not be suitable for an autistic person. What would be, I don’t know. Anyway, I’m back to doing my uni assignment.