Similar to the preoccupation with specific objects that some children with autism develop, the condition can also cause excessive fascination or obsession with a particular subject. Children with autism often have specialized interests and strive to learn everything they can about their chosen topic. For example, a child with autism may watch how a fan spins for hours or become obsessed with learning about an insect or the main character of a movie. This can stand out from the tendency of the average child to rapidly change their interests.
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