Which types of social interactions are characteristic of autism spectrum disorder (ASD)?

Updated: Sep 30, 2019
  • Author: James Robert Brasic, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Caroly Pataki, MD  more...
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Individuals with autism may display a lack of appropriate interaction with family members. [114] Moreover, difficulties in social interactions are common. Children may have problems making friends and understanding the social intentions of other children and may instead show attachments to objects not normally considered child oriented. Although children with autistic disorder may want to have friendships with other children, their actions may actually drive away these potential companions. They may also exhibit inappropriate friendliness and lack of awareness of personal space.

Isolation likely increases in adolescence and young adulthood. Interviews with a representative sample of 725 youths with autism (mean age 19.2 y) determined that the majority had not in the preceding year gotten together with friends or even spoken with a friend on the telephone. [115]

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