The Extroverted Aspie
When you think of person with Autism, you might think of an introvert who gets easily lost in their own world. Some people on the spectrum identify as Extroverts but they’re rare since many lack confidence in social situations due to bullying or an anxiety disorder.
Unlike Autistic introverts, an extroverted person with ASD won’t hesitate to approach someone regardless if the person is neurotypcial or not. They come across as friendly and outgoing, but when meet them for the first time this masks their disability. It’s only until you get to know the person more it’s noticeable they’re different. They might randomly change the subject or talk about their special interests/obsessions constantly.
Both extroverted Autistic’s and introverted individuals on the spectrum have social difficulties, the difference is one has more confidence in social situations than others. Some Autistic people, pick up what’s expected of them in conversation quicker and may mask some Autistic traits. Some might be seen as others as being “too normal” to be Autistic. Which means less allowance are made for the person with Autism, or they might be just dismissed as rude. What both extroverted and introverted people with Autism both have in common, is that friendship s are harder to form and they struggle to understand their neurotpcial peers.
Imagine being in a classroom full of people who all share the same disorder, that you know hardly anything about, not knowing what to say or how deal with those people. This is how child with Autism feels when they’re placed in an environment and are the only with a neurological condition.
Being an introvert or extrovert with Autism both have their advantages, which one depends on your personality and own experiences. People with Autism come in different shapes and sizes even though the classic stereotype is an introverted person. Both types need acceptance and face their own set of challenges. So whether you are an introvert, extrovert , or ambivert just be proud of your Autism.
Disclaimer, I’m not an expert on psychology or doing a course on the subject. This an article about my persepctive and about people on the spectrum I have met.