Lack of Inhibitory Control

Video Summary

Dr. Smith explains how many children with autism seek physical contact with others in order to fulfill their own sensory needs. They might hug someone too hard or come too cloase to another person intruding upon their physical space. In this clip, Dr. Smith describes how an affectionate hug is different than a hug used by a child with autism for sensory input or physical compression.

" ...some children with autism may even seek physical compression as a form of sensory stimulation..."
— Christopher Smith, PhD


    • Family Life
    • raising children with autism
    • General Behaviors
    • lack of inhibition
    • Nonverbal Behaviors Used in Social Interaction
    • lack of eye contact
    • Restricted
    • seeks sensory stimulation
    • Social Interaction
    • lack of affection

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