Introduction to Autism. Session One. What is Autism. Presented by Marc Tardif Social Skills Program Co-ordinator. Learning Objectives:. After the workshop participants will be able to: Label the disorders which fall under the PDD umbrella Label the three Autism Spectrum Disorders
Social Skills Program Co-ordinator
After the workshop participants will be able to:
1 in 165 Canadians are affected with ASD
Ratio of males to females 4:1
Current research links ASD to biological or neurological differences in the brain
Some research suggests that environmental
factors play a part in the expression of ASD
A diagnosis requires a total of 6 or more impairments
present in total
*requires at least two impairments from this category
impairment in ability to initiate or sustain conversation
*requires at least one impairment from this category
restricted patterns of interest
nonfunctional routines or rituals
*requires at least one impairment from this category
(Scientific American Journal, 2000)
(Canadian Journal of Psychiatry- In Review)
(Source: Canadian Journal if Psychiatry- In Review)
1. Qualitative impairment in social interaction
2. Restricted and repetitive patterns of behaviour, interests and activities
(Autism Society, 2005)
Language and Communication
Restricted, Repetitive Behaviour
Thank you MGM. Rain Man Best Picture 1988
“During the last couple of years I have become more aware of a kind of
electricity that goes on between people. I have observed that when
several people are together and having a good time, their speech and
language follow a rhythm. They will all laugh together and then talk quietly until
the next laughing cycle…”
“I have always had a hard time fitting in with this rhythm, and I usually interrupt
conversations without realizing my mistake. The problem is that I can’t follow
Restricted and Repetitive Behaviours
Kevin Baskerville (2005)
Children with Autism tend to overreact or under react to sensory input
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