Children with autism often exhibit difficulty in interacting with peers or adults in their environment. Often it is difficult for them to read body language and social cues from others. Behaviors that enhance personal attachment such as eye contact, smiling, approaching, or reaching out for others may develop at a different rate, or may not generalize from parents to alternate caregivers. Development of attachment behaviors is limited or atypical. Sensory difficulties may make it difficult for the child to tolerate physical, visual, or auditory input and contact from others. Promoting positive interactions with peers and adults through attachment techniques may assist the child with autism in language and cognitive development as well.
Areas of concern in social development:
To increase positive interaction between children with autism and others the child must develop an increase in attachment behaviors (such as eye contact and approaching), increase their ability to look to others for assistance, and increase their ability to engage in reciprocal play with others. The following are ideas to assist in development of interactive skills:
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