Vol. 2, Issue 10 (2015)
Using Chaos Theory as a Framework to Understand the Autistic Mind
Author(s): Arnold Chee Keong Chua
Abstract: Children with autism spectrum disorder, whose aetiology and pathogenesis is largely unknown or unidentifiable, is on the rise in Singapore. Parents and educators are concerned about children diagnosed with this disorder as the core deficits of communication (verbal and non-verbal), social interaction, and engagement in repetitive and restricted patterns of behaviours impede their learning. Using the mathematical model of making prediction, the author of this paper used Chaos Theory as a framework to understand the autistic mind of children in two core deficits of autism, namely social interaction and engagement in repetitive and restricted patterns of behaviours. Based on the principles of chaos, the framework may help to understand the complex and multidimensional disorder of autism. The implications of practice of using chaos theory as a framework in educational setting are also briefly discussed.