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Technical Report: UTEP-CS-19-01

Published in International Mathematical Forum, 2019, Vol. 14, No. 1, pp. 11-16.


One of the main problems of autistic children is that it is very difficult for them to switch to a different state, to a different activity -- and such switches are often needed. Researchers have recently shown that bilingualism helps autistic children function: namely, it is somewhat easier for bilingual children to switch to a new activity. In this paper, we provide a possible explanation for this empirical phenomenon. Namely, we show that, in general terms, autism means difficulty with breaking symmetries of a state, and we describe how this general reformulation indeed explains the above recently discovered phenomenon.

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