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Research: People with autism ‘have greater quality of creative ideas’‏

August 14, 2015

A press release:

Recently published research in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders has found that people with autism have ‘fewer ideas but are more creative and think outside the box’:
People with autism ‘have greater quality of creative ideas’

Autistic traits may be socially disabling but are also linked to original thought and creativity, research has shown.

https://home.bt.com/news/uk-news/people-with-autism-have-greater-quality-of-creative-ideas-11363997790544

 

Jolanta Lasota, Chief Executive at national charity Ambitious about Autism, explains that lack of creativity is one of many autism myths and this research helps to highlight the fact that seeing the world in a different way can be a positive trait, too:

“There are many misconceptions and myths about autism, the biggest one including being anti-social and a lack of empathy. However, what people with autism struggle with is fitting their feelings of sympathy and caring into everyday interactions.

“In this case, whilst it is true that some people with autism can have very specific interests and may struggle with abstract concepts, this research helps to highlight the fact that seeing the world in a different way can be a positive trait, too. We find time and again that many of our pupils in our TreeHouse School and Ambitious College are very creative, whether that be through art, music, film or photography. It is great to see research continued in this area to help dispel more autism myths.”

 

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