One of the most common things I hear from parents is that their child is well behaved at school but has terrible outbursts at home. Because the teachers don’t see these difficult behaviours, it might cause them to disbelieve the parents or not believe there are any ‘problems.’
Similarly with adults, an adult may get on very well at work and appear friendly and kind to their co-workers, yet can behave very differently and be difficult at home.
Professor Tony Attwood refers to this as the Jekyl and Hyde character.
It has been highlighted in many sources that individuals on the autistic spectrum display significantly different behaviours in different settings. In this article I will look at some reasons why this might occur and how the people around the ASD individual could better support them.