Is Monotropism a relevant theory in explaining the daily schedules of autistic individuals?

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I am conducting an in person study at Nazareth University (Rochester, NY) that will be open to autistic adults. Previous studies on task switching in autistic children have found “enhanced impairment noted in participants with ASD when they were required to switch between tasks involving different modalities” (Reed & McCarthy, 2012, p. 952). This aligns with the attention tunnels of monotropism, as tasks inside the attention tunnels are prioritized over ones outside of the attention tunnel. This makes transitioning between different tasks challenging.
Participants would complete daily journals, as well as completing a similar cross modal switching task as Reed and McCarthy’s study. Based on the study mentioned above, I would like to see if my results are similar with difficulty switching between tasks. I would expect more time spent on fewer activities during the day. I’d like to compare the two studies to see if they are consistent

Reed, P., McCarthy, J. Cross-Modal Attention-Switching is Impaired in Autism Spectrum Disorders. J Autism Dev Disord 42, p. 952 (2012).

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