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Tips on Communicating with Autistic Individuals

Tips on How to Communicate with Individuals with aulism More than 3.5 million Americans live within an AutismbSpectrum and Autism is considered by the CDC to be the fastest growing developmental disability. Chances are that nearly all of us either personally know someone with Autism or will come into contact with someone who is throughout our lives. And just as all of us wish to be treated with kindness and respect, adults and children living with Autism wish for the same. That's why it's important for all of us to educate ourselves, and our kids, about appropriate Autism Etiquette. don't ignore eye contact age appropriate conversation Many people with autism have difficulty making eye contact, but it's important to look people with autism in the eyes (instead of a quick, uncomfortable glance), and great them with a warm welcoming smile. Even though a person with autism may seem like they are ignoring you, they probably aren't. Never ignore or pretend the person isn't there, acknowledge them as you would Speak to autistic kids and adults at an age-appropriate level; don't talk down to them. anyone else. be non- judgemental be aware of your mood use kind & encouraging words If you encounter someone with autism displaying what might be considered inappropriate behavior (yelling, tantrums, laying down, grabbing objects, etc.), be patient and compassionate, don't stare or shake your head. The less self- Those with autism can be very sensitive to other people's moods and behaviors. If you're nervous or tense, they may pick up on that and respond the same way. Even if a person with autism may not directly respond to your positive words, they will likely register them. This will help put them at ease and not feel self-conscious. conscious someone with autism feels the more likely the situation will resolve. You may offer help to the parents of autistic children in these situations, but if your offer is declined, politely step away. By relaxing you'| help take the pressure off and will everyone feel more at ease. By treating children and adults with Autism with the same attention, respect and dignity you would anyone else, you'll help them relax and feel more accepted. To learn more, more visit N-Style ID's Autism page. Autism spectrum disorder and autism are general terms used for a group of complex disorders of brain development characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. N-StyleID

Tips on Communicating with Autistic Individuals

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More than 3.5 million Americans live within an autism spectrumand autism is considered by the CDC to be the fastest growing developmental disability. And just as all of us wish to be treated with kind...

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