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Kristien Hens

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Page Range

pp. 105-114

Print Length

9 pages

8. Interlude

Autism and Time

This chapter offers some speculative reflections on autism and time. I describe autistic experiences of time in literature and in empirical research. Such experiences may be different from neurotypical experiences of time. However, this does not mean that autistic people are permanently out of sync with neurotypical people and vice versa. Respecting each other’s vulnerability is a question of adapting the own behaviour to accommodate the other and recognizing a joint base from which the other can be understood to help the other tackle challenges in such a way that they feel comfortable.


Kristien Hens

University of Antwerp