The mother of 2 boys with ASD and a third with developmental delays describes how none of her boys learned how to point on their own or point, gesture in a social, spontaneous way. Gabriel, who is 3 years old, has been taught through therapy to point when when he wants something. His younger brothers, Benjamin and Nathan, are still being taught hand over hand that they must point to request. Such deficits in nonverbal communication are risk alerts for ASD.
"He only points when he wants something or if its something he's really interested in."
— Mom of Gabriel, Ben and Nathan
- Autism-General Information
- Early Signs
- General Behaviors
- Nonverbal Communicative Skills
- lack of pointing
- pointing to request
- pointing to show
- interest in books