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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Summary

Key Questions and Answers

Summary Key Questions and Answers

1) Does Christopher Boone have autism?

Christopher’s exact condition is never explicitly stated by any character in the novel, but he shares many traits associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Christopher says he goes to a “special school” and has “behavioral problems.” His reported behavioral problems include groaning, refusing to speak for days at a time, and aversion to physical touch, all of which are associated with autism and Asperger syndrome. Christopher says, “I didn’t understand about other people having minds,” meaning he has a hard time imagining the mental states and emotions of others, which is one of the key traits of a person living with ASD. However, because he is never officially diagnosed in the novel, Christopher’s specific developmental disorder becomes less important than his unique interpretation of the world around him.