In this New York Times article, Dr. Lisa Sanders uses the stories of Sherlock Holmes and details from Arthur Conan Doyle’s personal life to “diagnose” the fictional character. Amongst a handful of theories, Sanders explains the ways Sherlock Holmes’ behaviors are similar to those who fall on the Autism Spectrum.
This piece is a feature written by the author of the novel, Mark Haddon. He comments on the origins of the story, his real-life experience working with individuals with autism, and what he considers the right and wrong interpretations of the novel.
New research suggests that people with autism are more interested in interpersonal relationships than scientists and the public previously thought. The evidence in this New York Times article offers a contrast to Christopher’s fantasies about being the only person on the planet.
In this book review from 2003, Jay McInerney offers an in-depth analysis of the novel’s protagonist, Christopher Boone. McInerney, like Mark Haddon, suggests that Christopher’s diagnosis is less significant than the many ways in which he is a layered, literary protagonist.
In this video, Steve Silberman, an autism expert who has studied the links between ASD and genius, details the history of the disorder all the way back to its pioneering paper in 1944.
Since the novel’s release, there has existed controversy over whether Christopher provides an accurate portrayal of someone with Asperger syndrome. In this article, members from the autistic community criticize the producers of the Broadway adaptation of the novel for not casting an actor with ASD.