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