For some autistic children eye contact is extremely difficult. Out of my 3 ASD children, 2 of them just cannot and will not look you in the eye for any period of time. Mr D is very good with eye contact, although it is very unusal eye contact and is very fleeting. You hear people all the time saying things like " Oh they can't be autistic, they look you in the eye" This just isn't the case, autism is a spectrum condition, which means all of our ASD children are so wonderfully different and all bring something different to the table.
Ann From Rainbows Are too Beautiful suggested this word. Here is an extract from her post on echolalia.
Nearly 75% of verbal autistic people display some kind of echolalia. It is 'echoing' or repeating or words, sounds, sounds made by someone else. It's there because the child doesn't understand what's being said but thinks a response is appropriate. It was one of the key 'symptoms' that led to our eldest son's Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis, so why on earth am I pleased our second son is now showing signs of echolalia?
If you click on the highlighted link above it will take you directly to Ann's full post.
The next 4 are all suggestions from Jenny at Cheetahs In My Shoes.
Emotion - theirs and ours as their parents; the highs, lows, frustrations, upsets etc
Entertainment - because when on form, my small one can be utterly hilarious.
Envy - when the green eyed monster sneaks in and you find yourself envying people who have a 'normal' (whatever that might be) life and can do things without phenomenal amounts of planning, preparation and stress.
Environment - especially that not all children with ASD or Social Communication issues respond well to the same type of environment.
This is from Steph over at Stephs Two Girls, a lot of issues and extra meeting that can go unnorticed by others. I agree with this I seem to spend half the school year in and out of meeting about 1 thing or another.
Do you have anything else you would add for E then just leave me a comment below. Make sure you come back in a fortnight for F is for.....