Childhood autism Clinical features

Social deficits of a particular type remain a hallmark of autism. The nature of this deficit varies, somewhat, over time but remains a source of great disability to the affected individual throughout life.(24) In younger and more impaired individuals there may be little interest in social interaction; less impaired individuals may come to a passive acceptance of social interaction. Social interest may be more marked among those functioning at a higher level, but it is often eccentric and one-sided. (25,) Manifestations of the social dysfunction include difficulties in the use of eye contact or other non-verbal social cues, in social emotional reciprocity and empathy, in activities involving shared interests with others, and with peer relationships (see Table 1). As Rutter(26> suggested these problems do not simply reflect mental retardation. Abnormalities in communication (not only in language) are also observed. In a substantial minority (perhaps 40 per cent) of cases the child never acquires the capacity for communicative speech; among individuals who do talk various unusual features of language are observed such as echolalia, idiosyncratic language, deficits in prosody, and pronoun reversal. (2Z) Deficits in pragmatic language are particularly striking. As with the social disturbance the deficits observed are not solely due to mental retardation. Various unusual behaviours are subsumed under the term 'resistance to change'. These behaviours include literal resistance to change (insistence on sameness), stereotyped and repetitive motor mannerisms, strict adherence to non-functional routines, interest in non-functional parts of objects. Various other features may be observed, for example unusual sensitivities to environment, attachments to unusual objects, and so forth.

Aspergers Answers Revealed

Aspergers Answers Revealed

Learn How to Help, Understand amp Cope with your Aspergers Child from a UK Chartered Educational Psychologist. Before beginning any practice relating to Aspergers it is highly recommended that you first obtain the consent and advice of a qualified health,education or social care professional.

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