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Autism Spectrum Disorder

Speech Difficulties

Autism Spectrum Disorder is diagnosed by direct observations of a child’s behavior and communication. People with ASD have difficulty with speech and vocabulary development. People with ASD tend to have lack of communication skills in general. Asperger syndrome is a subgroup of ASD. Both conditions are characterized by lack of eye contact, a lack of ability to grasp social skills, modulating voice tone, and reading body language. This is called the Pragmatics of Communication (See Language Therapy). They can also indulge in stimming, which is hand flapping, or other nonverbal gestures.