Pretend Birthday Compare

Video Summary

Lack of interest in pretend play is one of the warning signs of autism. Evaluator Connor Puleo tries to engage Ryan, who has autism, in a pretend birthday party. Ryan, for the most part, shows little interest in this pretend play and actively tries to avoid the interaction. By contrast, Ryan's two typically developing siblings demonstrate their interest, understanding and participation in the game by cutting the cake, cleaning up the plates and singing a birthday song.


    • Play
    • lack of pretend play
    • pretend play with doll
    • Social Interaction
    • lack of engagement
    • Social Interaction
    • Birthday Party
    • shared enjoyment
    • lack of shared enjoyment
    • engagement
    • Verbal Communicative Skills
    • lack of expressive language
    • receptive language
    • expressive language

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