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UNDERSTANDING THOSE WITH COMMUNICATION CHALLENGES : 

UNDERSTANDING THOSE WITH COMMUNICATION CHALLENGES

Hyper or Hypo Sensitive Sensory System : 

Hyper or Hypo Sensitive Sensory System

Hyper or Hypo Sensitive Sensory System : 

Hyper or Hypo Sensitive Sensory System Vision “too bright”, “too many details”, use “mind pictures” instead of words to remember

Hyper or Hypo Sensitive Sensory System : 

Hyper or Hypo Sensitive Sensory System Vision “too bright”, “too many details”, use “mind pictures” instead of words to remember Touch “too rough”, “don’t cuddle”

Hyper or Hypo Sensitive Sensory System : 

Hyper or Hypo Sensitive Sensory System Vision “too bright”, “too many details”, uses “mind pictures” instead of words to remember Touch “too rough”, “don’t cuddle” Hearing “too fast”, “too loud”, “too many sounds”, not always aware of speech-words/phrases may not register, repeats/echoes verbal routines, puts fingers in ears to block sudden or loud noises

Hyper or Hypo Sensitive Sensory System : 

Hyper or Hypo Sensitive Sensory System Taste “too spicy/salty/sweet”

Hyper or Hypo Sensitive Sensory System : 

Hyper or Hypo Sensitive Sensory System Taste “too spicy/salty/sweet” Smell “many unpleasant”

Hyper or Hypo Sensitive Sensory System : 

Hyper or Hypo Sensitive Sensory System Taste “too spicy/salty/sweet” Smell “many unpleasant” Movement and Balance “not good at sports”, clumsy”, robotic walk

Hyper or Hypo Sensitive Sensory System : 

Hyper or Hypo Sensitive Sensory System Taste “too spicy/salty/sweet” Smell “many unpleasant” Movement and Balance “not good at sports”, clumsy”, robotic walk Proprioception “not good at sports”, clumsy

Hyper or Hypo Sensitive Sensory System : 

Hyper or Hypo Sensitive Sensory System Taste “too spicy/salty/sweet” Smell “many unpleasant” Movement and Balance “not good at sports”, clumsy”, robotic walk Proprioception “not good at sports”, clumsy Close spaces have calming effect

Hyper or Hypo Sensitive Sensory System : 

Hyper or Hypo Sensitive Sensory System Taste “too spicy/salty/sweet” Smell “many unpleasant” Touch “too rough”, “don’t cuddle” Movement and Balance “not good at sports”, clumsy”, robotic walk Proprioception “not good at sports”, clumsy Close spaces have calming effect Too many people in small space is a threat

Hyper or Hypo Sensitive Sensory System : 

Hyper or Hypo Sensitive Sensory System Limits food/drink choices

Hyper or Hypo Sensitive Sensory System : 

Hyper or Hypo Sensitive Sensory System Limits food/drink choices Perceptual overload is usual

Repetitive Behaviors to Calm Self : 

Repetitive Behaviors to Calm Self

Repetitive Behaviors to Calm Self : 

Repetitive Behaviors to Calm Self Spinning Watching water run over hands Watching grains of sand trickle through hand

Repetitive Behaviors to Calm Self : 

Repetitive Behaviors to Calm Self Spinning Watching water run over hands Watching grains of sand trickle through hand Spinning coins Compulsive writing Humming

Repetitive Behaviors to Calm Self : 

Repetitive Behaviors to Calm Self Spinning Watching water run over hands Watching grains of sand trickle through hand Spinning coins Compulsive writing Humming Collecting Banging head

Repetitive Behaviors to Calm Self : 

Repetitive Behaviors to Calm Self Flapping arms Walking on toes Rocking Mouthing hands/objects

Repetitive Behaviors to Calm Self : 

Repetitive Behaviors to Calm Self Flapping arms Walking on toes Rocking Mouthing hands/objects Staring at bright lights Moving head back and forth Lining things up Doing math calculations in head

Repetitive Behaviors to Calm Self : 

Repetitive Behaviors to Calm Self Fidgeting Walking in circles

No Insights to Social Interactions : 

No Insights to Social Interactions

No Insights to Social Interactions : 

No Insights to Social Interactions Doesn’t smile socially-rigid facial expression

No Insights to Social Interactions : 

No Insights to Social Interactions Doesn’t smile socially-rigid facial expression Doesn’t give conversational turns

No Insights to Social Interactions : 

No Insights to Social Interactions Doesn’t smile socially-rigid facial expression Doesn’t give conversational turns Poor eye contact

No Insights to Social Interactions : 

No Insights to Social Interactions Doesn’t smile socially-rigid facial expression Doesn’t give conversational turns Poor eye contact Talks incessantly about own interests

No Insights to Social Interactions : 

No Insights to Social Interactions Doesn’t smile socially-rigid facial expression Doesn’t give conversational turns Poor eye contact Talks incessantly about own interests Doesn’t understand gestures, intonation, facial expressions, body posture

No Insights to Social Interactions : 

No Insights to Social Interactions Doesn’t smile socially-rigid facial expression Doesn’t give conversational turns Poor eye contact Talks incessantly about own interests Doesn’t understand gestures, intonation, facial expressions, body posture Doesn’t respect personal space of others

No Insights to Social Interactions : 

No Insights to Social Interactions Doesn’t smile socially-rigid facial expression Doesn’t give conversational turns Poor eye contact Talks incessantly about own interests Doesn’t understand gestures, intonation, facial expressions, body posture Doesn’t respect personal space of others Gets details but doesn’t construct whole

No Insights to Social Interactions : 

No Insights to Social Interactions Few/no friends

No Insights to Social Interactions : 

No Insights to Social Interactions Few/no friends Doesn’t ask questions or asks unexpected ones

No Insights to Social Interactions : 

No Insights to Social Interactions Few/no friends Doesn’t ask questions or asks unexpected ones Doesn’t talk about personal feelings or those of others

No Insights to Social Interactions : 

No Insights to Social Interactions Few/no friends Doesn’t ask questions or asks unexpected ones Doesn’t talk about personal feelings or those of others Doesn’t follow pointed finger

No Insights to Social Interactions : 

No Insights to Social Interactions Few/no friends Doesn’t ask questions or asks unexpected ones Doesn’t talk about personal feelings or those of others Doesn’t follow pointed finger Little or no small talk

No Insights to Social Interactions : 

No Insights to Social Interactions Few/no friends Doesn’t ask questions or asks unexpected ones Doesn’t talk about personal feelings or those of others Doesn’t follow pointed finger Little or no small talk Doesn’t adjust conversation to audience-peers versus teachers, etc.

No Insights to Social Interactions : 

No Insights to Social Interactions Little intonation in speech

No Insights to Social Interactions : 

No Insights to Social Interactions Little intonation in speech Doesn’t understand humor, sarcasm, idioms

No Insights to Social Interactions : 

No Insights to Social Interactions Little intonation in speech Doesn’t understand humor, sarcasm, idioms Inappropriate greetings

Extreme Fear and/or Anxiety With the “New” or Changed : 

Extreme Fear and/or Anxiety With the “New” or Changed

Extreme Fear and/or Anxiety With the “New” or Changed : 

Extreme Fear and/or Anxiety With the “New” or Changed Meltdowns-rolling on floor, flailing arms

Extreme Fear and/or Anxiety With the “New” or Changed : 

Extreme Fear and/or Anxiety With the “New” or Changed Meltdowns-rolling on floor, flailing arms Flight

Extreme Fear and/or Anxiety With the “New” or Changed : 

Extreme Fear and/or Anxiety With the “New” or Changed Meltdowns-rolling on floor, flailing arms Flight 24/7 debilitating anxiety

Extreme Fear and/or Anxiety With the “New” or Changed : 

Extreme Fear and/or Anxiety With the “New” or Changed Meltdowns-rolling on floor, flailing arms Flight 24/7 debilitating anxiety Screams/groans/smashes things/hits people when angry/confused

Extreme Fear and/or Anxiety With the “New” or Changed : 

Extreme Fear and/or Anxiety With the “New” or Changed Meltdowns-rolling on floor, flailing arms Flight 24/7 debilitating anxiety Screams/groans/smashes things/hits people when angry/confused Migraines

Extreme Fear and/or Anxiety With the “New” or Changed : 

Extreme Fear and/or Anxiety With the “New” or Changed Meltdowns-rolling on floor, flailing arms Flight 24/7 debilitating anxiety Screams/groans/smashes things/hits people when angry/confused Migraines Needs order to feel safe

Rigid Routines : 

Rigid Routines

Rigid Routines : 

Rigid Routines Same activity at same time every day

Rigid Routines : 

Rigid Routines Same activity at same time every day Same walking/driving routes

Rigid Routines : 

Rigid Routines Same activity at same time every day Same walking/driving routes Same sequence of activities

Rigid Routines : 

Rigid Routines Same activity at same time every day Same walking/driving routes Same sequence of activities Same furniture placement

Scientific Objectivity : 

Scientific Objectivity

Honest to a Fault : 

Honest to a Fault

Extreme Focus : 

Extreme Focus Can focus on project for long periods of time

Extreme Focus : 

Extreme Focus Can focus on project for long periods of time Excludes other stimuli

Attention to Detail : 

Attention to Detail Doesn’t have false memories therefore good witnesses

Attention to Detail : 

Attention to Detail Don’t have false memories therefore good witnesses Solve puzzles

Attention to Detail : 

Attention to Detail Don’t have false memories therefore good witnesses Solve puzzles Not fooled by optical illusions

Memorize Well : 

Memorize Well

Perform Calculations in Their Heads : 

Perform Calculations in Their Heads

Could have Exceptional Musical and/or Foreign Language Abilities : 

Could have Exceptional Musical and/or Foreign Language Abilities

What Can You Do? : 

What Can You Do?

What Can You Do? : 

What Can You Do? Learn more about those with communication challenges

What Can You Do? : 

What Can You Do? Learn more about those with communication challenges Don’t interpret every meltdown as “bad” behavior or poor parenting

What Can You Do? : 

What Can You Do? Learn more about those with communication challenges Don’t interpret every meltdown as “bad” behavior or poor parenting Don’t try to reason or make threats during a meltdown

What Can You Do? : 

What Can You Do? Learn more about those with communication challenges Don’t interpret every meltdown as “bad” behavior or poor parenting Don’t try to reason or make threats during a meltdown Initiate interaction with a child who seems to be a loner

What Can You Do? : 

What Can You Do? Show interest in their “savant” areas; draw them out

What Can You Do? : 

What Can You Do? Show interest in their “savant” areas; draw them out Accept/appreciate diversity

What Can You Do? : 

What Can You Do? Show interest in their “savant” areas; draw them out Accept/appreciate diversity Emphasize their strong points

What Can You Do? : 

What Can You Do? Show interest in their “savant” areas; draw them out Accept/appreciate diversity Emphasize their strong points Support the siblings and parents and extended family-meals, outings, communication

What Can You Do? : 

What Can You Do? Show interest in their “savant” areas; draw them out Accept/appreciate diversity Emphasize their strong points Support the siblings and parents and extended family-meals, outings, communication Encourage friendships/mentors

What Can You Do? : 

What Can You Do? Show interest in their “savant” areas; draw them out Accept/appreciate diversity Emphasize their strong points Support the siblings and parents and extended family-meals, outings, communication Encourage friendships/mentors Don’t allow bullying-intervene

What Can You Do? : 

What Can You Do? Communicate by writing; it’s a steady state; it’s stripped of intonation, eye contact, gestures, body posture. Computer allows for fast responses that mimic face to face

What Can You Do? : 

What Can You Do? Communicate by writing; it’s a steady state; it’s stripped of intonation, eye contact, gestures, body posture. Computer allows for fast responses that mimic face to face Teach to strengths in learning style

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