Classroom Management Strategies and other Teacher Worthy Ideas
To answer that question you must read the latest blog from Judy Endow. She understands that we non-Autistic people consider eye contact a very basic conversational technique. Autistic people find that “skill” totally threatening to their well-being, and even painful.
“Dissociation is the ability to cut off from what is happening around you or to you. In its simplest form it is daydreaming. It is a skill all children have and which children with autism tend to overdevelop in managing a world they find overwhelming for a whole range of reasons.” (Donna Williams at http://www.donnawilliams.net/333.0.htm).”
These children would rather look at the ceiling or way behind the person who is speaking to them.
Ms. Endow has used some of her paintings to share how these experiences felt to her. I believe she also has some note cards for sale that share some of these same feelings.