Who am i meant to be? In search of a psychological account of autism, from the viewpoint of an ‘insider’

The legacy of psychological theories

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The legacy of psychological theories

  • Grayson (2006) argues that psychological theory has contributed to the well-being of autistic children, socially, educationally and clinically.
  • It is questionable however, as to how the positioning of autistic people as cognitively deficient, has helped the well-being of autistic people in society.
  • Happe (1994a) suggests that a psychological theory of autism must be able to explain the co-occurrence of the three core impairments as described in diagnostic criteria. However, by taking such a position, she reifies the existing behavioural system of classification as unproblematic, a view not necessarily shared by those diagnosed as such.

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