Communication and Social Interaction – Slides


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Communication and Social Interaction

Slides from past webinar: Communication and Social Interaction in individuals with autism

Webinar details: This webinar covers the potential delays and difficulties in speech, language, and social development sometimes faced by individuals with autism. It also covers methods and strategies that could be used when communicating with an individual with autism.

The slides cover:

  • The communication process
  • Communication as a social activity
  • Autism as a spectrum
  • Different forms of communication for people with autism
  • Speech and language delays
  • Autism and Social Interaction
  • Finally, the strategies to cope and assist the communication process

For people on the autism spectrum, a common theme is having difficulties with social interaction. They may have difficulty interpreting other people’s behaviour. As a result, they may not know what to say or how to behave around others.

People on the autism spectrum will have varying skills and desires when it comes to social interaction.

For some people on the spectrum, they may display limited motivation in interacting with those around them. It may only be to get their needs met.

On the other hand, others on the spectrum, may have a desire to interact with a range of people.

Impact of autism on social interaction

People on the autism spectrum may find social interaction difficult. Therefore, this can impact their ability to:

  • Start or hold a conversation.
  • Understand non-verbal communication cues. This includes body language and facial expressions that gives context to what is being said.
  • Make and maintain eye contact.
  • Talk about something that is outside of their interest.
  • Understand non-literally language such as sarcasm, idioms and metaphors.
  • Understand when people use language to hide their feelings or words in a way that doesn’t make their meaning clear.
  • See things that other people might not notice.
  • Accept touch, therefore they may find hand-shaking or big groups and crowds confronting.
  • Filter out less important information such as background noise.
  • See others point of view.
  • Alter interactions to suit environmental or social contexts .
  • When interacting with grandparents, compared to peers, or work colleagues.


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