The Corner (A Safe Place)
Lucas, a young boy on the spectrum, runs and hides in a favorite corner when his therapist comes. He often seeks refuge in this corner during therapy sessions and/or when confronted with social situations. He also often echoes his therapist questions and statements, rather than responding to them, another early warning sign.
" He had eye contact, he was very smiley and seemed to be social in a way, so it was a little bit tricky, but at the same time he wasn't playing right, he wasn't interested in toys, he was just always in the corner, hiding all the time. "
— Mom of Lucas
- General Behaviors
- prefers to be alone
- Nonverbal Behaviors Used in Social Interaction
- eye contact
- facial expressions
- inappropriate play with toys
- seeks sensory stimulation
- Social Interaction
- lack of spontaneous affection
- Stereotyped & Repetitive Speech
- immediate echolalia