People with autism do not always understand the implications of their actions, or
the motivations of others. Due to their difficulties with social imagination,
problems with flexibility of thought and a tendency towards obsessive and repetitive
behaviour, an individual may not learn from past experience. They will often find it
difficult to understand how others perceive their actions and to intuitively transfer
their experiences from one situation to another. As a result, some may become
victims or repeat their behaviour if not offered appropriate support and
People with autism often find unexpected situations extremely difficult to cope with.
In a dangerous situation where they are being intimidated, they may not know how to
respond and will therefore become increasingly anxious. Sometimes individuals with
autism become involved in activity which alarms others or which breaks the law. This
may well not be intentional.