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Autism Brief – Supporting Social Development for Individuals with ASD

Kathleen Mo Taylor, OTR/L, Marci Laurel CCC-SLP Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities Programs Division Download the full PDF version of this post! Social skills allow us to interact and communicate with others. Social skills include the abilities to: Be near others Read nonverbal and verbal cues Participate in back and forth interactions Send and receive messages Understand the perspective of others Cooperate with others Sustain relationships over time The diagnostic criteria for ASD include difficulties in social communication. These difficulties include back and forth interaction, nonverbal communication and developing age-appropriate relationships. Social skills are not just for making friends — […]

Autism Brief – Early Indicators of Autism (Red Flags for ASD) in Infants and Toddlers

Maryann Trott MA, BCBA Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities Division Download a printable version of this post here. One of the questions most often asked of the individuals that work in the Autism programs is “How early can you tell if a child has autism?” followed by “What are the signs?” According to Dr. Lauren Elder who is the assistant director of dissemination science at Autism Speaks, it is a complicated question because of the variation in the way that children develop and the signs of autism are manifested. That said, some of the early behavioral signs may begin to […]