If you see me spinning in circles, it’s because it feels good to me. While it might make you feel dizzy, it actually makes me feel more grounded.
If you see me biting or chewing on my clothing it might be because I’m nervous or in a new situation. It soothes me.
If you see me crying in a restaurant it could be any number of things, the music playing in the background, the people conversing around me, or even the smell of the food. Sometimes, these things are too much for me to handle. It even took my parents a long time to understand that these things actually hurt me.
If you see me playing on a playground and I don’t tell you my name or try to play with you, it isn’t because I am mean or don’t like you. It’s because I am not really sure how to interact with you. Maybe you can help to teach me how.
If you see me, and I am making noises, or repeating words that make no sense to you, I am either attempting to soothe myself, trying to communicate, or working to understand something. This is how I process things.
If you see me, don’t just look, please try to really see ME. I am a person just like you.