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Understanding autism
Understanding autism

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1 Your understanding of autism

In the following activities you will evaluate your own knowledge of autism.

Activity 1 What do you know about autism?

Timing: Allow about 10 minutes

To start with, spend about 10 minutes writing some quick notes summarising your current knowledge and understanding of autism. Maybe you already know quite a bit, or maybe you know very little at all, but you will almost certainly come to this course with some ideas.

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Activity 2 How accurate is your current knowledge?

Timing: Allow about 10 minutes

Now take the interactive quiz at this link:

How much do you know about autism? [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]

As you work through it, compare your own first ideas about autism with the questions and feedback. Some of the statements are known to be true or false, while for others the answer is uncertain even to the experts. Some information in the quiz is adapted from Roth et al., 2010.

Activity 3 Updating your knowledge

Timing: Allow about 15 minutes

Now revise your notes from Activity 1 in light of the quiz feedback. Keep your updated notes to hand as you read the next section.