Symptoms of autism
Chapter 10 endnote 41, from Lisa Feldman Barrett.
Some context is:
I don’t know about you, but to me, this collection of symptoms sounds just like autism.
- Lack of social interest
- Repetitive behaviors
- Oversensitivity to sensory features of the world
- Multisensory problems
- Difficulties with anxiety and depression
- Difficulties with affect regulation
Other challenges include:
- Reduced statistical learning; the social world is important for statistical learning related to language acquisition.
- Autonomic nervous system regulation. Extreme temper tantrums and melt downs are common, and might be an attempt to regulate arousal (which children with autism have difficulty with).
- A small affective niche when it comes to other humans (even parents). For example, children who go on to be autistic do not anticipate being fed (as remembered by their parents); they do not anticipate being picked up by parents.
- Reduced mother-infant synchrony and joint attention, which predicts later language deficits..
- Difficulties with concept learning, particularly when situation is ambiguous or constantly changing..
- Alexithymia, reduced empathy, and impoverished emotion perception..
- Intolerance of uncertainty. An autistic brain is intolerant of and autonomically reactive to uncertainty.
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