5. Attachment to Objects

Most children have a favorite toy, outfit, or object. Children with autism tend to develop an unusual attachment to objects, to the extent that they interact with them as replacements for people. That object may not be a toy, but more obscure items such as batteries or cereal boxes. They may talk to and care for their preferred object as if it is alive, and are often very drawn to particular physical characteristics of the object. Some indicators of this proclivity include frequent caressing of a single object or exaggerated concern about its placement or whereabouts.


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