In the September/October 2010 issue of the journal Child Development, Elizabeth Pellicano, from the Institute of Education in London, published the results of her study which investigated cognitive skills in 31 children with autism ages 5-6. She looked at the children’s ability to predict the behavior of others based on their thoughts and feelings (also called theory of mind), regulate and control their behavior (called executive function), and aptitude for detecting parts of objects or small details (also called weak central coherence). She measured these abilities when the participants began and again after 3 years. She found that these cognitive processes changed over time.
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