Difficulty of social imagination
"We have trouble working out what other people know. We have more difficulty guessing what other people are thinking."
Social imagination allows us to understand and predict other people's behaviour, make sense of abstract ideas, and to imagine situations outside our immediate daily routine. Difficulties with social imagination mean that people with autism find it hard to:understand and interpret other people's thoughts, feelings and what will happen next, or what could happen next understand the concept of danger, for example that running on to a busy road poses a threat to them engage in imaginative play and activities, children with autism may enjoy some imaginative play but prefer to act out the same scenes each time prepare for change and plan for the future cope in new or unfamiliar situations.Difficulties with social imagination should not be confused with a lack of imagination. Many people with autism are very creative and may be, for example, accomplished artists, musicians or writers.