Autism Spectrum Disorders and Disabilities

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder may be verbal or non-verbal, depending on their severity. Children who are non-verbal may display the following communication difficulties;

  • might not respond when people speak or gesture towards them, even when their names are called out
  • often make little eye contact with others and usually won’t copy other people’s actions, like clapping or waving
  • usually don’t share interests with others, rarely pointing at anything or showing interest in giving or sharing
  • aren’t very interested in chatting or playing, especially with other children

Children who are verbal may display the following communication difficulties;

  • will talk about their own special interests, and rarely use language skills to communicate with others
  • might focus on categorising everything around them, such as labelling all their toy trains
  • might echo what they hear, repeating patterns of words without attaching any meaning to them
  • rarely use nonverbal gestures, like nodding their heads or hand gestures, to communicate.

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

ADHD is a particular condition that affects a young child’s behaviour or development (learning). Children with ADHD often have difficulties concentrating, forgetting instructions, moving from one task to another without completing anything.

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