The main feature of an autistic or other pervasive developmental disorder is a gross
and sustained impairment in social interaction (for example, failing to respond to
his or her name, poor to no eye contact, appears unaware of others’ feelings, or prefers
When you communicate with people who have an autistic or other pervasive developmental
disorder, they are not likely to comprehend, remember, or act appropriately upon your
instructions. You should:
reduce distractions in the interviewing environment as much as possible;
speak simply, slowly, clearly, and calmly; and
listen to the person in an accepting manner.
NOTE: You may need an appropriate third party to participate in your interactions with
a person exhibiting this feature (for example, a family member, friend, representative
payee, or someone suggested by the person you are interviewing).