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Moving forwards not backwards: heterogeneity in autism spectrum disorders

Hobson, H and Petty, Stephanie ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1453-3313 (2021) Moving forwards not backwards: heterogeneity in autism spectrum disorders. Molecular Psychiatry.

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Abstract

The article by Mottron and Bzdok1 argues that heterogeneity in autism is artefactual, and that returning to a “prototypical” autism would benefit clinical practice and research endeavours. We note that the authors do not define what they mean by “prototypical” autism and thus it is left for the reader to interpret who would and would not be included under the authors’ revised definition. However, from our reading, we argue that, though perhaps unintended, the suggestion is for a return to a rather stereotyped understanding of autism, one which is no longer fit for purpose and that research does not support: we offer our insights from both clinical and academic practice.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41380-021-01226-7
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
School/Department: School of Education, Language and Psychology
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/5524

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