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Perception and action in children with ASD

Name
Claes
Surname
von Hofsten
Scientific organization
Uppsala University
Academic degree
Candidate
Position
Professor emeritus
Scientific discipline
Humanities & Social sciences
Topic
Perception and action in children with ASD
Abstract
The typical symptoms expressed by children with autism are related to deficiencies in perception and action.
Keywords
perception, action, autism, prediction, social interaction
Summary

The typical symptoms expressed by children with autism are related to deficiencies in perception and action. The ability to predict what is going to happen next is crucial for the construction of all actions and children develop these predictive abilities early in development. Children with autism, however, are deficient in the ability to foresee future events and to plan movements and movement sequences. They are also deficient in the understanding of other people’s actions. This includes communicative actions. A promising neurobiological interpretation of ASD that gives explanations to both the motor impairments and the social impairment relies on the fact that long connections in the brain are underdeveloped.