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Posted on Sep 19, 2014 in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Characteristics of the Learner with ASD

  • Intense and restricted interests and hyperfocus on specific things
  • Social rigidity: insistence on specific themes in play or conversation
  • Lack of motivation to interact, share or engage with others
  • Strong need for sameness and negative responses to novelty
  • Tendency for self-stimulatory behaviors and problem behaviors
  • Inability to interpret social gestures/facial expressions
  • Problems with auditory understanding; they are visual learners
  • Problems with imitation
  • Trouble generalizing information or skills to novel situations
  • Problems regulating sense input
  • Executive skill deficits (e.g., organization, attention, trouble with transitions)

Caveat: if you know one child with autism, you know one child with autism

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