WHAT ARE SPECIFIC CHARACTERISTICS OF AUTISM?
  • Diagnostic Criteria:
    • Impaired social relationships
    • Deficient non-verbal communication (eye conact, facial movements, gestures)
    • Abnormal peer interactions
    • Deficient emotional reciprocity
  • Impaired Communication & Play:
    • Delayed language development
    • Impaired conversational abilities
    • Stereotyped and repetitive language
    • Absent or stereotypical play
  • Impaired Social Behaviors:
    • Play behavior is limited
    • Low sensitivity to nonverbal cues
    • Lack of understanding of the distress of others
    • Communication is self-centered and need-oriented
  • Restricted Interests & Activities:
    • Preoccupation with narrow range of activities
    • Focus on parts of objects as opposed to whole
    • Nonfunctional routines or rituals