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jooniFLORisploo

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extroverts with autism
« on: April 16, 2017, 11:47:20 PM »
I'm accustomed to people assuming a person with autism is an introvert. I don't see a correlation. I see plenty of extroverts with autism. We often just have to step out for periods for sensory reasons, for self-regulation, etc.

Is anyone else here diagnosed with autism and identifying as an extrovert?

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Re: extroverts with autism
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2017, 09:46:52 AM »
This is my son.  He is high functioning autistic and extremely extroverted.  He loves people, and loves being around them.  It can kind of suck, because he is almost 13, and most other 13 year olds see his behavior as odd and quirky so they don't seek out friendships with him.  He has a few good friends he has had for years, but I can tell as he heads towards his teenage years that things might be difficult for him. 

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Re: extroverts with autism
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2017, 10:11:07 AM »
Oh! golden1, you describe my child exactly! (Same age, even!)

I am the same as well :)

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Re: extroverts with autism
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2017, 01:15:42 PM »
My 6 year old was just diagnosed.  He is high functioning and loves being with people. But like noted above, he has a hard time conversing (even for a 6 year old) and his strange behaviors make the other kids think he is wierd.  I am very introverted, so while I know I should be getting him more involved with other kids, I have a hard time doing that. 

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Re: extroverts with autism
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2017, 03:24:49 PM »
ABC123, I know your struggle well! I find most kid-spaces to be total sensory overload, so I can't be in them for long. But the places supporting kids with autism either require direct parent involvement OR allow a child to be dropped off, but then call regularly per child's autism. I've found this to be one of the toughest aspects, by far.

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Re: extroverts with autism
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2017, 09:48:47 AM »
I am also introverted so I can relate.  It is to the point where when my son asks "Can I have a friend over?"  I cringe.  I still make sure he sees his friends, but it is difficult for me and I wish it wasn't.