Autism & Eye Contact

Why eye contact is so distressing for people with autism

When Xolie Morra Cogley greets clients at her dog grooming business in Seattle, she struggles to make eye contact, a common trait among people with autism. Once the customers leave, eye contact with the dogs is much easier ― and essential.

Cogley, 37, who describes herself as an “autistic woman of all trades,” said she’s trained herself to keep eye contact with her four-legged charges to establish the essential leadership role in order to avoid aggression and bites.

People are a different story. But Cogley said they are understanding of her eye shifts when she explains why.

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5th August 2017
Huffington Post


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