Autism and disorders of development
A frequent and justified refrain is that not all kids are the same. Some in fact are very different. This chapter examines the capacity for knowledge in children with autism. The development of these children is relevant to issues of conceptual change in that there are specific areas of knowledge in which change does not ever seem to occur. Classically, autism has been defined in terms of a ‘triad of impairments’: they typically do not engage in activities that require them to attend jointly to social activities; they prefer solitary activities and pay attention to objects rather than people; and they are impaired in the rate in which they acquire language.
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