Peggy Halliday discusses a variety of topics related to autism spectrum disorders, such as what are some examples of social skill deficits seen in autism
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Host: What are some examples of social skill deficits seen in autism? Peggy Halliday: There is maybe a lack of eye contact or a real difficulty for children with autism to maintain eye contact there is also an inability to make friendships or to sustain friendship. There is a difficulty in understanding and reading social queues, another very important social deficit of autism is what we call joint attention or shared attention, children -- typically developing children are very interested in sharing something that is exciting that they see with another person or if another person points to something they immediately look at it and then look back at the person and share their interest in that. That is something missing in children with autism.