autism

Transported to a world of emotion

Why would the UK government fund Cambridge University and a Manchester-based production company to make a series of children’s animation? After all, professional-quality animation doesn’t come cheap. The answer is that...

Since autism was first described more than 60 years ago (Asperger, 1944/1991; Kanner, 1943), researchers have been trying to pinpoint the underlying basis of the disorder. Yet autism still continues to perplex, even though the need for an understanding of the disorder is...

 

Classic autism and Asperger’s syndrome both share three core diagnostic features: difficulties in social development, and in the development of communication, alongside unusually strong, narrow interests and repetitive behaviour. Since communication is always social, it...

Recent research in cognitive neuroscience has advanced our knowledge of the brain areas underpinning imitation – a process often exploited in education that is said to provide a foundation for language acquisition, skill learning, socialisation and enculturation (Brass &...

Our ability to experience and understand expressed emotions is something we take for granted. Whilst we may be aware that the feelings we experience in response to a spring morning, or a heavy day at the office, differ in quality from those we experience when listening to a...

It is generally accepted that Asperger’s syndrome (AS) lies within the autism spectrum, and as such it has long been seen entirely as a developmental disorder consisting of impairments in social interaction, social communication and imagination (Wing & Gould, 1979)....

‘Whenever I talk about real cases, real lives, the students love it, and it sparks discussion and ideas. There must be some way of showing that our discipline is about people, about personal stories… they are changed by psychology, but they change psychology as well.’ So said...

Is there no end to the variety of odd objects autistic children will eat? There are days when I believe my son would be quite happy with a daily menu of baby lotion, rabbit food – and perhaps a little toilet paper for roughage! (Feinstein, 2000)

Autism...

Many clinical and child psychologists will tell you that children with one behavioural condition often have others too. Known as comorbidity, this co-occurrence of conditions often applies to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)....