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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Face Playing

Here's another example where learning social cues is so critical for kids with an ASD. Here Ellie has mastered mugging for the camera, instead of giving me the blank canvas I was seeing for a while. She seems to have a theory of mind with the camera, that she knows what it's for, how she can interact with it, and why ultimately it's a fun toy (she loves photos). She can mimic faces, play face games, and sustain eye contact for as long as any so-called "typical" kid. And gosh, she's just so pretty, who wouldn't want to take her picture?

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