The power of systemizing in autism
SourceChild Psychiatry and Human Development, 52, 2, (2021), pp. 321-331
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SW OZ BSI ON
SW OZ BSI KLP
Child Psychiatry and Human Development
SubjectExperimental Psychopathology and Treatment
Identifying autism in clinical practice is complex because the causes of autism are still unclear and the features of autism are highly diverse. The Empathizing-Systemizing theory is successful in interpreting the core features of autism, both social and non-social, compared to other current theories of autism. This study provides an overview of the current state of research regarding the systemizing concept. High systemizing abilities are characteristic and specific in autism and as a result, three non-social features of autism are seen: restricted and repetitive behavior, obsessional interests, and, savant skills. We found solid evidence that, in order to identify autism in clinical practice, at least the use of an instrument which is specialized in measuring one’s systemizing abilities is required.
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