The PsychFiles: Autism Spectrum Disorder

Once again, Tamar Sloan gives us a short, sharp understanding of what could be a difficult subject. Authors – take note!

If you’ve got a character who has autism then you’ve just set yourself a challenge, but a challenge that has some of the greatest flexibility when it comes to character development of all the psychiatric diagnosis. How? People with autism face some significant challenges, particularly in the social and emotional areas of life (which is a large part of any novel). On the other hand, autism is called Autism Spectrum Disorder for a reason – its characteristics vary greatly from person to person. This means the character blooming in your head has the potential to be unique and memorable, you just need to make sure they’re authentic and realistic.

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