Helpful hints for interacting with individuals with autism
- Use simple language; speak slowly and clearly.
- Use concrete terms and ideas.
- Repeat simple questions; allowing time (10-15 seconds) for a response.
- Proceed slowly and give praise and encouragement.
- Do not attempt to physically stop self-stimulating behavior.
- Each individual with autism is unique and may act or react differently.
- May be non-verbal or have very limited verbal abilities.
- May appear deaf; may not respond to verbal cues.
- May repeat words or phrases in place of normal communication.
- May have difficulty expressing needs; uses gestures or points.
- May have tantrums-display extreme distress for no apparent reason.
- May exhibit inappropriate laughing or giggling.
- May show no real fear of danger.
- May have little or no eye contact.
- May appear insensitive to pain.
- May be sensitive to touch, sound or bright lights.
- May exhibit self-stimulating behaviors: hand flapping, body rocking.
- May become anxious in new situations.
- May not understand consequences of their actions.