Definition of the Syndrome
Mario is a second grader who loves school. He knows how to read, enjoys math, and looks forward every day to art class. He creates pictures that are covered with thick layers of paint and stickers. These cover his refrigerator at home. His teacher has trouble getting him to stop his schoolwork and go outside for recess. Once outside, he prefers to play alone instead of joining the other children’s games. His classmates admire him for his artwork and his sticker collection, but wonder why he has difficulty taking turns and sharing. Sometimes Mario has trouble switching activities in class and can be very slow or tearful when starting a new project. He still hasn’t found a best friend.
KeywordsMental Retardation Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule Pervasive Developmental Disorder Parent Interview Pretend Play
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