What are Restricted Interests?

Restricted interests are strong or intense interests in specific topics or objects. Restricted interests are common in people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). For example, a person might be interested in a specific TV show, math or drawing.

People with restricted interests are often experts on the topics or objects they enjoy. Sometimes they share their interests with others. Other times, they like to enjoy them alone.

Rev. 3/2018
Reviewed by the MGHfC Family Advisory Council
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