Flexibility in Thinking

The ability to generalise our learning is so important. Most of us are able to understand that one situation is like another situation that we are familiar with, and can use this to make sense of the world. Children with autism often find this much harder, as a result they can be much more resistant to change.


Some difficulties with flexibility in thinking include difficulties with:

  • being able to understanding and interpreting other people‚Äôs thoughts, feelings and actions
  • predicting what will happen next, or what could happen
  • understanding the concept of danger
  • engaging in imaginative play and activities
  • preparing for change and planning for the future
  • coping in new or unfamiliar situations

Variety may well NOT be the spice of life!