Children with autism are often remarkably unaware of the meaning of other people’s nonverbal communications.
It is not uncommon to see a young child with ASD (autism spectrum disorder) who does not understand the “give me” gesture of an open hand or the meaning of a point. Your child may not understand the significance of an angry or sad face on another person.
Sometimes people interpret the child’s lack of interest or response to others’ expressions as a lack of cooperation, but children with ASD just don’t understand. How can you teach your child to pay attention to people and recognize what their body language means?
Here are three easy steps:
- Step 1: Exaggerate your gestures.
- Step 2: Add predictable steps.
- Step 3: Provide needed help.
And here are five simple exercises you and your young child can do today to help with paying attention to people and better understanding body language.
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