When it comes to body awareness, I am hyposensitive. I have a hard time measuring how far or how close I am to people. I also tend to gravitate towards walls when I’m walking and I sometimes bump into things because I misjudge how far away I am from them.
This also extends to sports. Sometimes I have a hard time throwing balls to people because I misjudge how hard I need to throw and usually overthrow the ball. Luckily for me, this wasn’t as much of a problem with water polo because you’re supposed to throw the ball at the water in front of the person rather than at a hand or arm. When I play basketball though, my misjudgment of distances becomes very apparent at times. I tend to hit the backboard on almost every shot and sometimes I completely miss altogether.
Proximity also becomes an issue at times when I’m talking to others. A lot of times I realize that I’m standing too close to someone and have to back up a few sentences into the conversation. I also have issues with how loud I need to be based on my proximity to someone. Sometimes I think I am being loud enough to be heard, but the person is farther away than I realize and I need to be louder. Usually in this case I just back out of a situation rather than try to adjust my volume because it is hard for me to tell exactly how loud I need to be and how loud I am actually being.
Generally this is one of the smaller issues with autism for me because it can be adjusted when you realize the miscalculation. However, it can make you seem a bit strange when you bump into things for no reason or can’t seem to throw straight when you’re playing a game.
Just another interesting aspect of living with autism.