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3. Fear of Novel Objects

Definition Absent Very Mild Mild Moderate Severe
Fearful, avoidant or suspicious of unfamiliar objects, which could be anything, but common examples are plastic bags, statues, yard equipment, balloons, etc
  • No startle response, fear or apprehension
  • Readily approaches and investigates
  • Maintains Work
  • Very mild signs of concern or startle.
  • Signs may include:
    1. very slight slowing down or speeding up
    2. slight tense body language with almost immediate return to normal
    3. no concern if exposure is repeated and will generally investigate object once over initial concerns
  • Maintains work
  • Mild signs of concern or startle
  • Signs may include:
    1. mild to moderate slowing down or speeding up
    2. mild to moderate tense body language with rapid return to normal
    3. mild reluctance to approach and investigate but will do with encouragement. Improves with subsequent exposures
  • Maintains work
  • Moderate signs of concern or startle
  • Signs may include:
    1. moderate slowing down or speeding up and/or tense body language
    2. may move away slightly
    3. mild to strong reluctance to approach object despite encouragement
    4. may release emotional energy by increased activity
  • Interferes with ability to maintain work without encouragement, and slow to habituate, needing up to 1 minute despite support
  • Severe concern or fear reaction
  • Signs may include:
    1. moderate to severe slowing down or speeding up, and/or very tense body language
    2. may exhibit strong coping strategy of moving away
    3. Strong reluctance to approach object despite encouragement
    4. may release emotion energy by increased activity
  • Interferes with ability to maintain work despite encouragement and slow to habituate needing over 1 minute despite support
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