Autistic people demonstrate affection in both standard and non-standard ways. Some only demonstrate affection at certain specific times, or in certain places. Above, Rich is hugging his brother, Rob. Rich is very interested in fish.
Alex is hugging his sister.
Shaun enjoys an affectionate relationship with Ben, his older (non-autistic) brother, and used to be close to Anthony, an autistic schoolmate (below). It was always going too far to call them friends.
But sometimes they liked to give Lindsay a hug.
Jack shares an affectionate moment with his youngest sister, Kellie.
Sam gives his friend F12 a hug while waiting for pizza in a Milwaukee restaurant.
F12 was one of the most difficult autistic children Lindsay ever worked with. After a few months, they had resolved most of their differences as this picture, taken by his mother, shows.
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