faces and mindblindness?

The reading about autism and mindblindness, suggests that “mindblindness” is a common feature of children with autism, making the children unable to distinguish people from things, also children with autism who have “mindblindness” tend not to be able to distinguish the thoughts of others or understand their beliefs or feelings. ¬†

However, Bosselar and Massaro speak of the importance of incorporating faces in order to help children with autism improve their communication skills. “The limited ability to produce and comprehend spoken language is themost common factor leading to a diagnosis of autism” (American Psychiatric Association, 1994).

If the importance is placed on helping children with autism improve their communication skills, and faces are the way to do this, would that not be hard for the children with autism (who have trouble distinguishing people from things) to do?

Perhaps, like the comic strips, (that try to illustrate to children how people’s thinking works), the visual is the key to helping children understand the broad picture. ¬†Bosselar says the face is the key, so in order for children with “mindblindness” to be able to recognize face and emotion in others, they must receive a lot of exposure to faces to understand them. ¬†Because of this, it seems that it’s important to emphasize the need for plenty of human contact for people with autism.