What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

What is an Autism Spectrum Disorder?

The National Center for Learning Disabilities answer this question in this 9 minute video, covering the following conditions and domains:

PDD, Asperger’s Syndrome and Childhood Disintegration Disorder.

The Social Interaction Domain

  • Eye Contact
  • Facial Expression
  • Body Posture
  • Emotional Signals
  • Reciprocity
  • Interest in sharing enjoyment
  • Attention to the achievements of others
  • Understanding others’ feelings
  • Peek-A-Boo
  • Comfort by Touch

The Communication Domain

  • Verbal & Non-Verbal Domains
  • Taking Turns
  • Remaining Engaged
  • Stereotypes, Repetition and Echolalia
  • Listener Perspective
  • Humor
  • Innuendo
  • Concrete, Focus on Self

The Behavior Domain

  • Focus on Parts & Pieces
  • Preoccupations
  • Need for Sameness & Routines
  • Rocking
  • Flapping
  • Twiddling
  • Hypersensitivity or Lack of Awareness.

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