Autism often manifests in children as severely hampered communication abilities. A child with autism may rarely start conversations and respond unsatisfactorily to others' attempts to interact. The child may seem oblivious to the general protocols of interaction, such as making eye contact with the speaker, talking at an audible pitch, or doing what is asked of them. Some children go through disobedient phases, but a child with autism may not outgrow these tendencies.
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