Some ideas to support your toddler’s social interaction and communication

Children with autism spectrum disorder likely do not experience as much natural reward when interacting socially with others. It is believed that some children have decreased internal reward from play and social experiences, which may lead to decreased internal motivation to engage or play with others. When children do not tune into their parents attempts to communicate, they miss opportunities to develop skills, such as sharing experiences and imitation. Increasing the frequency of highly pleasant play experiences you have with your child can increase your child’s internal motivation to play and engage with you over time, especially when they find these experiences rewarding. This is important as children will gain important learning opportunities when engagement is increased.

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