Ralph James Savarese describes how the autistic mind is hardwired to experience the world poetically. 

A Matter article on "intense world" theory, which characterizes the inherent strengths of autistic brain architecture.

Adele Diamond talks with On Being's Krista Tippett about the way creative play bolsters executive functioning.

Ron Suskind describes how "Affinity Therapy" can work to turn a restricted interest into a pathway.

New research demonstrates that brain plasticity in late childhood is still amenable to literacy interventions.

Ian Leslie's Curious shows how the creative, literate, and deeply curious stand to inherit the earth. 

Steve Silberman's NeuroTribes reveals the influential role poetry played in the lives of both Leo Kanner and Hans Asperger. 

Erin Manning's SenseLab enlists autistic poets to help map out new possibilities for language and experience. 


Articles by and about Unrestricted Interest

The surprising link between autism, gender, and Courteney Cox on Bright Magazine. 

Chris Martin elucidates "Why I Teach Poetry to My Autistic Students" for Bright Magazine.

An On Being blog post detailing student-writer Bill Bernard's insightful poem about an injured hawk.

Chris Martin rethinks autism and empathy for the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance blog. 

Another Bright piece, this time chronicling the composition of a heartrending poem by student-writer Zach DeMeo

Inventing new poem forms and building cognitive flexibility on the Center for Engaging Autism blog.