Diagnoses Related to Social Thinking Challenges

Social thinking is a core deficit experienced by many people with the diagnostic labels listed below.

However, a number of people have social thinking challenges WITHOUT being assigned any diagnostic label whatsoever. In fact, treatment of social thinking challenges is NOT related to diagnostic labels, but rather to how a person socially processes and responds to information. Please see the article about the spectrum of perspective taking deficits to better understand the different levels of the social mind and how we consider this as part of the treatment process.

Diagnostic Labels

  • All autism spectrum diagnoses (For further information, visit the Autism Society of America Website (ASA) www.autism-society.org
    • Asperger Syndrome (AS)
    • Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS)
    • Autism
  • Nonverbal Learning Disabilities (NLD: For further information, visit www.NLDline.com.)
  • Attention Deficit Disorder, with or without hyperactivity (ADD, ADHD)www.adhd.com
  • Hyperlexia www.hyperlexia.org
  • Generalized learning disabilities
  • Social phobia
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Schizoid personality disorder

Persons with the following diagnoses may also have social cognitive deficits:

  • Tourette’s Syndrome www.tsa-usa.org
  • Obsessive compulsive Disorders (OCD)
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Emotionally Disturbed
  • Sensory Integration Disorder
  • Expressive-Receptive Language Disorder
  • Apraxia
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Murky undiagnosed person social cognitive deficits

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