- Baggs, A M. "Being a Spatial Thinker: One Kind of Autistic Thought." Autistics.org. 1999. 26 Sept. 2008 <http://www.autistics.org/library/spatial.html>.
Relevancy: This article is fascinating – it is written by an autistic person, and he basically attempts to explain how he thinks. The article gives first-hand insight into the autistic mind, specifically focusing around spatial and three-dimensional thinking processes.
- Caron, M J, L. Mottron, C. Rainville, and S. Chouinard. "Do High Functioning Persons with Autism Present Superior Spatial Abilities?" Neuropsychologia 42 (2004): 467-81.
Relevancy: The author discusses the results of a scientific experiment comparing the spatial abilities of high-functioning autistic individuals with typically developed individuals. The two parties performed at a relatively equal level; however the autistic individuals excelled in the mapping exercises. The author proposes that autistic individuals have a superior ability to recognize patterns and landmarks. This article provides quantifiable evidence of an autistic person’s spatial abilities. It is a great resource to provide evidence backing up my hypotheses.
- Edgin, Jamie O., and Bruce F. Pennington. "Spatial Cognition in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Superior, Impaired, or Just Intact?" Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 35 (2005): 729-45.
Relevancy: A study comparing autistic children to typically developing children, focusing on spatial recognition/understanding in relation to two different theories. The article is helpful because it addresses more than one theory, and provides quantitative evidence of abilities. It will be another source to draw from in creating an informed hypothesis.
- Mitchell, P., and Danielle Ropar. "Visuo-Spatial Abilities in Autism." ESRC Society Today. 10 Mar. 2005. Economic & Social Research Council. 26 Sept. 2008 <http://www.esrcsocietytoday.ac.uk/esrcinfocentre/viewoutputpage.aspx?data=v9xrjlj6xhhdbq3p%2btuda7zzf9804g1840scl%2fjh5%2b1fvl1dc27%2baq985zfy1qor1liiwrtfgxogckehl6gxjfbb9lpisnxoa7utpj6hrxc%3d&xu=0&isawardholder=&isprofiled=&awardholderid=§or=>.
Relevancy: There is a popular theory on autistic individuals called ‘Weak Central Coherence’ – meaning they have trouble gathering together and synthesizing bits of information. Mitchell/Ropar debate this theory, citing specific examples of spatial understanding that prove autistic individuals can effectively synthesize bits of information. This is a very relevant topic to look into, and will help provide information on how an autistic individual understands and processes information.
- Sussman, Jaqueline L. "What is Autism." Total Health Feb. 2008: 28-31.
Relevancy: A basic overview of autism – including its scientific definition, signs, behaviours, etc. A new method of image therapy is also discussed – it uses photographs to enhance the social abilities of autistic individuals. The basic overview of autism is very helpful and concise; the image therapy discussion is also extremely interesting, and presents a potential opportunity for further research/ideation, especially when considering autistic children.
- Wolman, David. "The Truth About Autism: Scientists Reconsider what they Think they Know." Wired Feb. 2008. Wired. 02 Feb. 2008. 26 Sept. 2008 <http://www.wired.com/medtech/health/magazine/16-03/ff_autism?currentpage=all>.
Relevancy: This was one of the first articles I found on autism, and it sparked my interest in spatial abilities. It is a relatively unbiased article (it does not focus on only ‘savants’ or low-functioning individuals) and provides insightful thoughts from an autistic individual.