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Features of AUTISM

Marked inability
to establish
social relations.       



No concept
of language
failure to use
normally for
the purpose of

desire to
or a routine.    


restricted and
fixated interest.  



Rigidity in
thinking and
lack imagination. 



Odd behavior




These characteristics appear in the child before the age of 30 month



(Autistic Child)

(Normal Child)

Difficulty with imitating movements

No difficulty at all in imitating

Lack of attempt to attract adult’s attention

Ever ready to attract attention

Lack of smile when expected

Smile naturally and when expected

Lack of play with other children

Eager to play without any problem

Content to be alone

Always looking forward to interact with friends

Over-excitement when tickled

Able to behave naturally


Play only with hard objects

Play with anything

Attachment to odd objects

No special attachment to any odd object

Bizarre visual inspection of objects, patterns and movements

Able to observe objects, patterns and movements as they are


Severe problems with sleep

No problems with sleep at all

Variability of behaviour (inconsistent behaviour)

Normal behaviour (consistent behaviour)

No reaction to cold

Normal response

Dislike to be disturbed, and prefers to be in his or her own world

Natural desire in wanting to interact with others

Strong occupation with self when left alone

Prefer to make friends and have them around


Strange reactions to sound

Natural  response to all sounds     

Isolation from surroundings

Like to be in the midst of surroundings

Suspicion of a hearing deficit or deafness

Able to hear very clearly

Empty gaze

Able to focus, observe and pay attention

All these disabilities and abnormalities associated with autism may lead to the depressing conclusion that
nothing can be done about it.  However, research and practice have demonstrated that treatment for
autism is possible. Educational and social intervention, applied skilfully and correctly, can reduce and
mitigate many of the problems associated with autism. The REACh method supports this, as shown
in our own studies and practice that we have accumulated from 36 years of work with autistic children.

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