Autistic Body Language and Emotion

This is brilliant! From reading this I realise I am similar. When no one else is around my movement and vocal behaviour changes, it becomes more silly – but silly in a playful sense. I’ll kind of dance around the house and make up songs using made up words. Not every time I’m alone but often. I had never thought about this as unmasking.


I’ve written some about this topic before, regarding the joy I feel when I see other Autistic people moving in Autistic ways, but today I want to write about how my own movement affects and reflects my emotions. I get a little sweary at the very end when talking about getting rid of the allistic (non-autistic) mask.


I am attempting to reclaim my own movement, trying to elicit decades’-old kinesthetic memory from my body.

How did I move as a child? How did I experience and express my feelings before I learned to primarily move the way other people do?

Feelings weren’t a big thing in my childhood house. Logic was prioritized over feelings, always. With Spock and Data as my childhood idols because they didn’t fit in with human society any better than I did, the anti-emotion message from my parents was only reinforced.

But then came my…

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Author: yarnandpencil

I'm a Christian on the autistic spectrum blogging about life and my art/craft practice.

6 thoughts on “Autistic Body Language and Emotion”

  1. Fascinating read! I never knew it was autism-connected at all, but yes, I move totally differently on my own (I do the singy-song thing too!) I’m actually daft as a brush when no one is watching but practically rigid around others. Thank you for sharing xxx

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    1. It makes total sense doesn’t it 🙂 I guess it is a stim really and it makes me more contented, even happy. When I was on Facebook I was friends with Polly (Donna Williams) and she actively promoted being silly and even made recordings of her own ‘silliness’. Absolutely lovely to watch. I wonder if they are on YouTube…?

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  2. That is a really interesting subject. When I took group a capella singing lessons we learnt a lot of African songs where it was very important to move as you sang, unlike the constraint imposed on movement in traditional western choirs where you are usually taught to stand still and straight. It was a revelation. Movement is very important for self expression, makes you feel wonderful and helps with your timing as you sing. Keep dancing and singing in your own way.

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    1. Thank you. I hate standing still but managed it for school choirs when I was young. There is an English Christmas movie about a boy searching for an angel. Anyway, if he’s not on his bike he’s dancing everywhere 🙂

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