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26 Aug 2014, 7:53 am

In my experience, there seems to be some sort of "Aspie-look" that us people with Aspergers and Autism have.

I can't really describe it at all, it's just something I know when I see it.

Even just looking at a picture of someone with AS, there's something about the way they look that makes me all the more likely to believe they have it.

Of course, I am making a big generalization, here, but I think it's an interesting thing to think about.

An example is a friend at school has Autism (severe, he has learning difficulties). His older brother also has Aspergers, I could instantly tell the moment I met him. He was just chillin' out, looking normal. But yeah. Talking to him a little more has made me pick up on his aspie trait better.

Anyway, sorry for going on and on, but yeah. Does anyone else believe in the "aspie-look"? That only by physical appearance can we occasionally make a good guess if someone else has what we have? :?:



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26 Aug 2014, 7:56 am

I believe it could possibly exist--but is definitely not universal in Asperger's.

I've seen an "Aspie"-type look in neurotypical people.



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26 Aug 2014, 8:11 am

Physical appearance, no. Picking up on physical mannerisms, yes.



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26 Aug 2014, 8:28 am

I agree that it exists. I can sometimes tell someone is autistic within a few seconds of looking at them.


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26 Aug 2014, 8:28 am

I had that when I was little.


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26 Aug 2014, 8:38 am

I believe more in 'aspie body language', and its easier to guess a man has autism than a woman.



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26 Aug 2014, 8:47 am

I feel like it's kind of an unfocused eyes look thing. That's the only way I can explain it.

I think what you might be referring to is a "mouth breather's profile." Mouth breathing changes the shape of one's face drastically and while NTs can have it, autistics are more likely to breathe from their mouths due to sensory issues.


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26 Aug 2014, 9:06 am

I read through one of those web sites about the "Aspie-look" and saw no correlation between the dozens of images. Supposedly, the Aspie-look applies to gothic fans, vampires, elves, Indigos, and "innocents."


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26 Aug 2014, 10:28 am

What exactly is this "aspie look"?



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26 Aug 2014, 1:07 pm

No I don't believe there is an Aspie look, but as some of the other posters have mentioned, there are Aspie mannerisms. However, sometimes the NTs can display these mannerisms too, so it's not all that clear cut.


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26 Aug 2014, 1:09 pm

No I don't believe there is an Aspie look, but as some of the other posters have mentioned, there are Aspie mannerisms. However, sometimes the NTs can display these mannerisms too, so it's not all that clear cut.


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26 Aug 2014, 3:08 pm

All the autistic kids I know are absolutely stunning looking children. Didn't Kanner talk about autistic children being beautiful?



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26 Aug 2014, 3:14 pm

I do believe in Aspie mannerisms, not so much looks. But each time I meet an Aspie male I can sort of see that they could be on the spectrum, but I never know with Aspie females. A lot of Aspie males I have met seem to have that monotonous voice, where as females with it seem more chatty and sociable with no unusual ways to their tone of voice. I don't speak in monotone. The only thing with me is that I can be a bit shy and not say a lot, but people don't really guess that it means Asperger's, they just think it's general shyness.

If a female doesn't tell me they have an ASD, I notice something slightly different about them what I usually can't pinpoint, but not enough to guess their condition. But with males the ASD seems to be in their body language and speech more, although I am not generalizing, I'm just saying from my experiences with people I have met before with an ASD.


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26 Aug 2014, 10:29 pm

The face does not tell me much, partly because I hardly look at it directly. For me without them talking and obvious stimming their hands, arms and gait often give it away, there is a certain look and speed of use that sort of says this person has motor planning issues. I can pick up on some people quite easily however others who don't suffer the dyspraxic issues and are on the milder end I can't tell.



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27 Aug 2014, 12:27 am

Girlwithaspergers wrote:
I feel like it's kind of an unfocused eyes look thing. That's the only way I can explain it.

I think what you might be referring to is a "mouth breather's profile." Mouth breathing changes the shape of one's face drastically and while NTs can have it, autistics are more likely to breathe from their mouths due to sensory issues.

Definitely pick it up through the eyes, though not through any particular mannerisms.



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27 Aug 2014, 1:05 am

I believe Aspies have a distinctive attribute of physical appearance, but not a generic" Aspie" look. Just something "off kilter" about our brand