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    Hey people,

    I'm trying to plan an essay based around evaluating the evidence which suggests that children with autism have an impaired theory of mind. The trouble is, there is so much I could write about it, but I'll only have an hour. I'd grateful for any suggestions of key issues to include, as I'm having some difficulty in identifying the theories and studies that are more central to the debate than others.



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