Starting Points for Understanding Autism

by Oolong

Monotropism in Practice.

I believe that the best way to understand autistic minds is in terms of a thinking style which tends to concentrate resources in a few interests and concerns at any time, rather than distributing them widely. I wrote in some detail about how this explains the observed features of autism in ‘Me and Monotropism: A unified theory of autism’. Here, I want to distill what this means for living and working with autistic people, expanding on the six starting points for understanding autism that I identified in ‘Theories and Practice in Autism’.

1. Coping with multiple channels is hard

2. Filtering is tricky and error-prone

3. Changing tracks is destabilizing

4. I often experience things intensely

5. I keep looping back to my interests and concerns

6. Other things that drop out of my awareness tend to stay dropped


3 thoughts on “Starting Points for Understanding Autism

  1. Bit weird to reproduce an abridged version of my piece here without asking our making it clear how you’ve shortened it and where the original is…?

    1. I did include the link as part of your byline at the top. I too am on the spectrum. I’ll make it clearer where the link is in the future. I thought your piece was great.

      1. Thanks! I did take it as a compliment. 🙂 A ‘read more’ type link at the bottom would be clearer than the ‘by Oolong’ link you have now, I think.

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