AUTISM: Social communication challenges                

Children and adults with autism have difficulty with verbal and non-verbal communication.

For example, they may not understand or appropriately use:
Spoken language (around a third of people with autism are nonverbal)
Gestures
Eye contact
Facial expressions
Tone of voice
Conversational "expressions" not meant to be taken literally (colloquial and
idiomatic) expression

Additional social challenges can include difficulty with:
Recognizing emotions and intentions in others
Recognizing one’s own emotions
Expressing emotions
Seeking emotional comfort from others
Feeling overwhelmed in social situations
Taking turns in conversation
Gauging personal space (appropriate distance between people)
Restricted and repetitive behaviors

Restricted and repetitive behaviors vary greatly across the autism spectrum.
These can include:
Repetitive body movements (e.g. rocking, flapping, spinning, running back and forth)
Repetitive motions with objects (e.g. spinning wheels, shaking sticks, flipping levers)
Staring at lights or spinning objects
Ritualistic behaviors (e.g. lining up objects, repeatedly touching objects in a set order)

Narrow or extreme interests in specific topics
Need for unvarying routine (resistance to, and avoidance of) change (e.g: same daily
schedule, meal menu, clothes, route to school/work)
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Klaas Tuinman M.A.
Life Self-Empowerment Facilitation
at Dawn Cove Abbey
Comments and Questions are welcomed
AUTISM: Social communication challenges