Watch out for children who do not show any interest in pretend play (such as feeding a baby doll) by about age 2. That is a potential sign of an autism spectrum disorder. Kids with autism tend to pick games that engage their senses and avoid games that ask them to pretend, a new study finds. Researchers found that children with autism were naturally drawn to activities that get them moving or allow them to watch moving objects. On the other hand, arts and crafts, and games that required pretending were the least popular with these same children.
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