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Disrupted development of central executive processing.
Linked to the behavioural observations of ‘rigidity’ of thought.
Executive dysfunction refers to the ability to maintain an appropriate problem-solving strategy in order to attain a future goal.
), disruption to the central executive would lead to difficulties in pretend play and maintaining joint attention with others.
) suggests that difficulties with executive functioning is
common amongst autistic people
, yet not a causal factor.
interested and focused
, autistic people can display similar executive functioning to neuro-typical people.
Rather than utilising a standard ‘functionalist’ cognitive psychological
view of executive processing
, I would suggest there may be a difference within the way autistic
executive processing operates
, rather than an impairment or deficiency.
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