Neurotypical (or NT) is a term that was coined in the autistic community as a label for people who are not on the autism spectrum:[1] specifically, neurotypical people have neurological development and states that are consistent with what most people would perceive as normal, particularly with respect to their ability to process linguistic information and social cues.[2] The concept was later adopted by both the neurodiversity movement and the scientific community[citation needed].[3][4][5]

In the United Kingdom, the National Autistic Society recommends the use of the term in its advice to journalists.[6]

See also


  1. ^ Jim Sinclair. A note about language and abbreviations; 1998 [archived 2008-06-06].
  2. ^ Cashin A, Sci DA (2006). "Two terms—one meaning: the conundrum of contemporary nomenclature in autism". J Child Adolesc Psychiatr Nurs 19 (3): 137–44. doi:10.1111/j.1744-6171.2006.00061.x. PMID 16913963. Retrieved 2007-02-27. 
  3. ^ Share DJ, Jones S, Evershed K., "A comparative study of circadian rhythm functioning and sleep in people with Asperger syndrome" Autism 10 (6): 565-575 Nov 2006
  4. ^ O'Connor K, Hamm JP, Kirk IJ, "The neurophysiological correlates of face processing in adults and children with Asperger's syndrome" Brain and Cognition 59 (1): 82-95 Oct. 2005
  5. ^ Myles BS, Huggins A, Rome-Lake M, et al., "Written language profile of children and youth with Asperger syndrome: From research to practice" Education and Training in Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities 38 (4): 362-369, Dec. 2003
  6. ^ "What to say (and not to say) about autism". National Autistic Society. Retrieved 2007-11-24. .

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