Erica Phelps
Reply: Eye Contact
Sat Jun 20, 2015 22:17

This is an interesting point Jean. I know that communication and social skills are difficult and challenging for individuals on the spectrum. I have heard that eye contact is one social skill that is very difficult and uncomfortable for people on the spectrum. Did your professor mean that you should always make sure that you are looking at the individual when speaking to them, or that you should try to get them to look at, and make eye contact with, you?

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