What Is Rigid Thinking?

Rigid thinking occurs when individuals become stuck on one viewpoint and cannot think about things in a different way. This is the rigid thinking characteristic of Asperger’s Disorder children and teens. It shows up in all arenas of life. In play, they cannot be flexible and cooperative with their peers because they have their mind set on how it should be and have no room for alternatives. In school and homework, they are rigid in how they approach the work and are not open to suggestions from parents and teachers; they therefore have trouble completing assignments. In conflicts with others, they are closed off to considering their contribution to the disagreement; therefore, they cannot repair relationships.

It is not difficult to see how rigid thinking interferes in daily life and relationships. The Asperger’s Disorder child sees the world his way only and believes that everyone else is wrong.

Failure to consider alternative viewpoints and different ways of solving a problem or approaching a task results in the Asperger’s Disorder child making the same mistakes over and over and over. He cannot benefit from experience because he is not open to ideas different than his own.

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