“Theory of Mind”

Diagram of how autistic adults are viewed by family members, and how autistic adults view themselves and understand how they will be viewed by their family members, called meta-view, figure from Heasman & Gillespie (2017).

"The idea that autistic people do not have theory of mind simply because we do not access the neurotypical experience readily and are not invested in the social world is ludicrous. It is like telling a neurotypical they don't have theory of mind because they can't hear that buzzing sound next to me, move their facial muscles too much, talk too loud (why can't they tell my ears are hurting when I blink so much? a clear signal!), and don't use echolalia to communicate."