Spontaneous affection is an important part of connecting and relating to others that is often lacking in children with autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Kolevzon compares the quantity and quality of spontaneous affection displayed by typically developing children and those with autism.
"Spontaneous affection is an important component of social bonding. Children with autism may also show spontaneous affection... but it is usually not consistant and may have a detached quality. "
— Alexander Kolevzon, MD