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Social Interaction and Autism

Causes

There are various theories as to why people on the autism spectrum have impaired social skills. Some people think poor social skills may be caused by

  • a failure of affective processing
  • a failure to develop a “theory of mind”, which prevents the individual from understanding what other people are thinking or feeling
  • weakness or absence of the social gaze response
  • memory dysfunction, such as deficits in memory for faces and common social scenes, which prevent the individual from remembering other people or events
  • other problems, such as sensory distractions, which prevent an individual from concentrating on social issues
Updated
01 Nov 2017