The coherence of autism

Hobson, R Peter (2014) The coherence of autism. Autism, 18 (1). pp. 6-16. ISSN Print: 1362-3613; Online: 1461-7005 Full text available

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There is a growing body of opinion that we should view autism as fractionable into different, largely independent sets of clinical features. The alternative view is that autism is a coherent syndrome in which principal features of the disorder stand in intimate developmental relationship with each other. Studies of congenitally blind children offer support for the latter position and suggest that a source of coherence in autism is restriction in certain forms of perceptually dependent social experience.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online before print October 22, 2013. Immediate free access via SAGE Choice.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Autism, Blindness, Coherence, Fractionation, Identification, Intersubjectivity, Syndrome
Subjects: Communication (incl. disorders of) > Autism
Department/People: Adult and Forensic Services

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