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Understanding differences in neurotypical and autism spectrum special interests through internet forums.
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PMID:  23025641     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
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Abstract Special interests are frequently developed by individuals with autism spectrum disorder, expressed as an intense focus on specific topics. Neurotypical individuals also develop special interests, often in the form of hobbies. Although past research has focused on special interests held by children with autism spectrum disorder, little is known about their role in adulthood. The current study investigated differences in the content, number, and specificity of the special interests held by adult individuals with autism spectrum disorder and neurotypical individuals, using Internet discussion forums as a data source. Quantitative analysis of forum posts revealed significant differences between the diagnostic groups. Individuals with autism spectrum disorder reported having more interests in systemizing domains, more specific interests, and a greater number of interests overall than neurotypical individuals. Understanding special interests can lead to the development of educational and therapeutic programs that facilitate the acquirement of other important social and communication skills.
Authors:
Chloe Jennifer Jordan; Catherine L Caldwell-Harris
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Intellectual and developmental disabilities     Volume:  50     ISSN:  1934-9556     ISO Abbreviation:  Intellect Dev Disabil     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-02     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101299965     Medline TA:  Intellect Dev Disabil     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  391-402     Citation Subset:  IM    
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