Thanks for the response Steven. Your question about my conclusion is somewhat difficult to answer - I think that for each specific individual, these children do have enhanced spatial abilities. I don't necessarily think they are 'better' than the typical child, but for them it seems to be the strongest, most accurate sense. I think that the advantage starts to diminish by age 16 because typical children are engaging and understanding a myriad of senses all at the same time. Maybe because an autistic child does not develop all of these other senses as fully, they are able to focus more on spatial abilities. Similar to typical children who may be auditory/visual/tactile learners, I think that autistic children have this 'other' category of spatial learning. I am suggesting that this inherent spatial ability should be utilized in the education of autistic children so that they can learn most effectively.
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