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
    Expressions not meant to be taken literally
    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. They 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 change (e.g. same daily schedule, meal menu, clothes,
    route to school)
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