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Why do autistic people dislike holding hands?

Why do we autistic people dislike holding hands or

being touched?

Holding hands can be scary. Not just because we're being touched but because it limits our movement. This can be hard as sometimes we have so much anxiety we want to run and escape.  Holding hands prevents this and makes us more likely to melt or shutdown.


Being oversensitive to touch can also mean holding hands is painful.