Right off the bat, the story this character is in was/is intended to be a "comic", and not a written novel; however, since I lack the capability and motivation to draw said comic, I have decided to write it. (If only to help develop plot, and characters.) I've been studying the traits and symptoms of autism and shyness for a character of mine. The character's name is Chiara, and she's fourteen at the start of the story. Also, she is a secondary character, so she's not always seen. Without going into great detail, Chiara will have mild symptoms of autism, and is going to be shy, but still be able to interact with people. I've been studying the aversion to eye contact, and rhythmical behaviors. For the rhythmical thing, she likes the ticking of clocks, and I'm planning on developing some habitual tendencies. She is going to also have occasional fits of just screaming and crying. Just being scared or in pain, and unable to control or quite understand what is going on at the moment. What I would like to know from you other wise writers that might have had experience with something like this, is: Are these traits and behaviors I have listed accurate? Also, how might I incorporate more of these symptoms into my character's everyday life? I'm extremely wary of writing about things I don't know much about, for fear of offending, or mis-characterizing. Any help would be appreciated.