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Autism as Context Blindness

Autism as Context Blindness
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    By Dr. Peter Vermeulen ©2012.

    What is Context Blindness?

    Context plays a critical role in the way the human brain processes information. This is especially true in the area of social information. Whenever we are in a situation, we take into consideration the who, what, where, when, and why of the many variables that surround us to determine what to say or do. Without even realizing it, we “set up” conversation using contextual parameters. “I was standing in line at the supermarket and you’ll never believe…” We assume students understand that behaviors appropriate on the playground (context) are not expected to be played out within the classroom (context). Being able to smoothly and effectively synthesize all the many variables in any given situation and relate them to the obvious and hidden rules is what context processing is all about. It is context that dictates whether our actions, reactions, our words or body language are perceived as warm and welcoming or weird and whacky.

    In his latest book, Autism as Context Blindness, Belgium-based Peter Vermeulen, PhD, explains in a highly readable and accessible manner, the importance of context in our daily lives and in life success overall. He discusses how neurotypical people process context and how autism can be viewed as a form of “context blindness” – a lack of awareness of the context as it relates to observation, social interactions, communication and learning. He artfully, and often with humor, bridges the gap from research to practical treatment strategies, presenting information in an appealing folksy manner that is at the same time infused with pragmatic thinking. Together, this translates into a wonderful teaching tool for parents, educators, counselors and clinicians interested in studying factors that contribute to the social learning and problem-solving challenges we observe in our students, clients, and/or children (Softcover; 430 pages.)