The Autism Spectrum and the Paranormal
Autism is a developmental disability that affects the lives of millions of people every day. Autism is a disorder with which the individual is born, and will continue to live. Autism Disorder is placed on a spectrum chart, because of its’ various levels and symptoms. All peoples with Autism Spectrum Disorder will suffer difficulties in social communication, social interaction, and social imagination; however, there is an array of other issues and symptoms that can manifest through this disorder.
Because of the widely vast spectrum of Autism Disorder, it is difficult to say that any one thing is specifically associated with the disorder. For instance, to say that Autistic people are obsessed with TV would be inappropriate considering the many differences between each level of Autism. With that being said, reputable studies seem to consistently claim that autistic individuals are more likely than the rest of us to see ghosts or experience other supernatural phenomena.
Whether or not ghosts are real, and whether or not autistic people see them is still up for debate. However, it is evident that an individual with autism is acutely more sensitive to any experience, including those of paranormal events.
The primary basis of this autism and paranormal claim is the fact that many autistic people have claimed to witness supernatural phenomena. At the same time, autistic people are generally open books, and pretty well unable to lie. Autistic people are incredibly literal thinkers. They lack the ability to imagine abstract concepts, or anything else outside of the realm of logic. This is why it is rare to find an autistic individual who will partake in or even laugh at a joke.
At the end of the day, there are only two feasible possibilities for the paranormal claim on autism. Since the autistic individual is incapable of lying about the experience, then either they are actually witnessing a paranormal being, or they are literally hallucinating.
Autistic people are very visual and perceptive individuals; therefore rushing sounds, allergies, and simply the fear of something can trigger the person to see and hear the vision everywhere around them. Anything is possible in the realms of both our reality and that of the autistic.