Autism - Communication Symptoms
Children with autism often have poor communication skills. Here we can see an autistic child who uses another personâ€™s hand as a play tool.
In a typically developing child, if they cannot make themselves understood through spoken language, they normally try to compensate by using gesture. Autistic children characteristically do not gesture spontaneously. They therefore find it very difficult to make other people understand what they want. In some cases, they even use another personâ€™s body to request or communicate. Here is Richard, age four, who is using my hand as a tool to operate a pop-up toy. This behavior is very characteristic of autistic children, but remember, we do not see it in every autistic child.
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Autistic individuals often have poor social skills. Here we see an autistic child who does not interact in typical social play.
Children with autistic spectrum disorders often prefer repetition. Here, two autistic children engage in stereotypical repetitive behaviors.
Autism is a disorder in brain development that becomes apparent in earliest childhood. It is defined by problems in socialization, communication, and repetitive behaviors.
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