Communication Theory

Many of the diagnoses discussed here are based on children’s behaviour and their deficiencies in communication and interaction. But communication and interaction are between people, not within one person, and sometimes behaviour is the only way children have of expressing their distress.

Eye Contact

Communication Theory

Making appropriate eye contact is a recurring theme in stories about autism. Occasionally it is making too much but most often it is lack of eye contact. Eye contact is very important in communication but it is extremely context-sensitive. Appropriate eye contact usually means that all parties agree on the purpose, context and content of… keep reading

The Dangers of Rapport

Communication Theory

In writing on Asperger's Syndrome, much is made of rapport. Rapport is good. It is what normal people achieve naturally, and what people with Asperger's are so bad at. It is what psychologists, therapists and clinicians aim to establish with their clients. So how can rapport possibly be dangerous? Rapport is a social phenomenon created… keep reading

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