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Here are some things to consider when working with individuals with autism.
- May be non-verbal or have limited verbal skills.
- May not respond to your commands or questions.
- May repeat your words and phrases, your body language, and emotional reactions.
- May have difficulty expressing needs.
- May display tantrums or extreme distress for no apparent reason.
- May laugh, giggle, or ignore your presence.
- May be extremely sensitive to lights, sounds, or touch.
- May display a lack of eye contact.
- May have no fear of real danger.
- May appear insensitive to pain.
- May exhibit self-stimulating behavior, such as, hand flapping, body rocking, or attachment to objects.
- Display calming body language; give extra personal space.
- Speak slowly, repeat, and rephrase your questions.
- Use concrete terms and ideas, avoid slang.
- Allow extra time for response.
- Give praise and encouragement.