Re-presenting autism: the construction of 'NT Syndrome'

Brownlow, Charlotte (2010) Re-presenting autism: the construction of 'NT Syndrome'. Journal of Medical Humanities, 31 (3). pp. 243-255. ISSN 1041-3545

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Abstract

Autism is a widely researched area and much emphasis has been placed in research on the differences between the autistic and non-autistic populations. Such research commonly draws on proposed deficits within people with autism in order to explain differences. This paper seeks to present an alternative understanding of differences and draws on writings of people with autism in such a discussion. The construction of 'Neurologically Typical syndrome' (NT) will be presented as an inverted construction of diagnosis, which serves to challenge the dominant position of 'NTs' and 'NT traits' over autistic traits. It will be argued that such an alternative representation of people with and without autism has important implications for our construction of and understanding of autism.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher (Kluwer)
Depositing User: Dr Charlotte Brownlow
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2010 12:34
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2014 05:41
Uncontrolled Keywords: autism; neurologically typical syndrome; neurodiversity; differential diagnosis; disability
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1109 Neurosciences > 110999 Neurosciences not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1007/s10912-010-9114-4
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/8791

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