Unable to Play with Toys
The following clip shows several of the social and play deficits characteristic of children with autism. In contrast to his classmates, who play with a variety of animal figures imaginatively, by animating and feeding them, Christian does not play with the figures appropriately. Instead he takes toys apart, bangs the pieces and quickly walks away. He uses several words, that, though appropriate to the context, do not seem truly communicative. Christian makes no eye contact with others while speaking, does not attempt to imitate or join in on the imaginative play and is unable to play imaginatively himself.