Typically Developing Children’s Initial Responses to Children with Autism

Published October 21, 2013 in Autism

Research investigating expressivity in children with autism spectrum disorder has reported flat affect or bizarre facial expressivity within this population; however, the impact expressivity may have on first impression formation has received little research input until now. A recent study published in the journal Autism suggests that typically developing children can form negative impressions of autistic children in as little as a thirty second encounter. The lead researcher on the study suggested that we need to focus on educating typically developing children to help break through the possible negative first impressions that can occur.


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