Playing with a Balloon

Video Summary

Ryan, who is four and a half years old, has autism. Here, he insists on playing with a balloon only with his mother and has a tantrum when the evaluator, Connor Puleo, attempts to play with him. There are many warning signs shown here for autism. In particular are the many examples of echolalia where Ryan repeats his mother's questions rather than answering them. Other warning signs include Ryan's clear delays in language, lack of eye contact, lack of gestures or pointing to communicate his wants and possibly insistence on sameness.


    • Learning
    • manding / requesting
    • Nonverbal Behaviors Used in Social Interaction
    • lack of eye contact
    • Restricted
    • insistence on sameness
    • Stereotyped & Repetitive Speech
    • immediate echolalia
    • Toys
    • Balloons
    • Verbal Communicative Skills
    • lack of expressive language

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