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Autism Digest August 2023

Prediction and the Autistic Brain -- by Brenda Smith Myles, PhD.
How do we make the world more predictable? We start by understanding the importance of prediction in the autistic neurology. Then, we provide supports that create predictability.

How important is prediction in daily life? Research suggests that even before activities and events occur, people know or can largely estimate what is likely to happen. This is known as “external prediction.” People also estimate their chance of success even before they attempt an activity or event, which is called “internal prediction.” The ability to predict guides us toward tasks and problems we are likely to solve, and it steers us away from those that might be too difficult.

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