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Islands of loneliness: exploring social interaction through the autobiographies of individuals with autism.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Intellectual and developmental disabilities
Publication Date
Volume
47
Issue
2
Pages
84–96
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1352/1934-9556-47.2.84
PMID: 19368487
Source
Medline

Abstract

Assumptions of difficulties with social interaction, or lack of interest in social interaction, are central to many definitions and conventional understandings of autism. However, many individuals with autism describe a strong craving social interaction. This article uses autobiographical accounts written by individuals who identified as autistic as a source of qualitative research data and specifically explores the ways these texts address issues of social relationships. Using narrative inquiry, the authors explored how individuals with autism described their own notions of and experiences with social interaction. This article discusses the broad themes of (a) the desire to have connections and (b) navigation through the world of people. Last, implications for the education of individuals with autism are considered.

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