(10% indicates the eReader book location, instead of page reference numbers).
10% Right alongside Jack’s theory of mind is his cognitive flexibility, his mental ability to adjust thinking or attention in response to changing goals or environmental stimulus. This is really just a fancy way of saying he doesn’t switch gears very easily.
According to Bogdashina & Casanova (2016), deficits in planning, organizing and monitoring progress towards a goal often prevents one from taking a flexible approach to problem-solving. “Poor Executive Function can easily account for the lack of thinking flexibility and explains the rigidity of thinking exhibited by autistic people, including starting and finishing tasks which include all of the above.”
But with making this mug for his dad in school, the pendulum swung a little wider. After the initial shock of having broken his dad’s mug, he cycled a new set of emotions: sorrow, regret, and (to some degree) grief.
< My Thoughts > “…the pendulum swung a little wider.”
Children with autism may fail formal ‘theory of mind’ tests, but show real-time understanding of another’s perspective.