People with autism experience what professionals call the Triad of Impairments, part of this trio is communication. They have difficulty processing and remembering verbal information. Problems lie in using language effectively, Common problems are lack of eye contact, poor attention, being able to point objects to others, and difficulty with the 'give and take' in normal conversation. Some individuals sometimes use language in unusual ways, retaining features of earlier stages of language development for long periods or throughout their lives. Some speak only single words, while others repeat a mimicked phrase over and over The body language of people with autism can be difficult for other people to understand. Facial expressions, movements, and gestures may be easily misunderstood by some people. 1.2
Problems with social interaction and relationships may result in a real fear and avoidance of all social situations; come across as indifference and aloofness towards others; or lead to someone desperately trying to make friends but continually ‘getting it wrong’ through a lack of understanding of social rules and other people’s feelings and behaviour. People with autistic spectrum conditions usually have trouble understanding or talking about their feelings and needs. As a result they express themselves in ways seen as ‘strange’ or ‘inappropriate’. Commonly they struggle to see themselves and others as distinct individuals with their own thoughts, feelings, plans and points of view.
One of the most important points to understand about autistic spectrum conditions is that each person on the autism spectrum is an individual with their own unique characteristics. People with autistic spectrum conditions vary enormously in their abilities, needs, strengths, gifts, preferences and interests. No two individuals with a diagnosis of an autistic spectrum condition are the same so it is essential not to make any assumptions about...
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