Lack of Expressive Language

Video Summary

Christian K., a child with autism, does not understand how to communicate his wants to others. He lacks both the language and the nonverbal skills, such as making eye contact, pointing or gesturing, to tell his mother that he wants more candy. Further, he does not seek out his mother, an example of the social disconnection central to autism. Even when his mother realizes what Christian wants and prompts him to request the candy by saying or signing "more," he struggles to do so.


    • Learning
    • manding / requesting
    • Nonverbal Behaviors Used in Social Interaction
    • lack of eye contact
    • Nonverbal Communicative Skills
    • sign language
    • Verbal Communicative Skills
    • lack of expressive language

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