Teaching Kids with Autism ‘Inner Speech’ May Help Them Better Cope
[Source: Daily Mail]
Teaching children with autism to ‘talk things through’ in their heads may help them solve tricky day-to-day tasks and could increase the chances of them living independent lives when they grow up, say scientists.
Psychologists who studied adults with autism found that the mechanism for using ‘inner speech,’ or talking things through in your head is intact, but they don’t always use it in the same way as typically developing people do.
The researchers found that the tendency to ‘think in words’ is also strongly linked to the extent of a person’s communication skills, which are rooted in early childhood.
The results suggest teaching autistic children how to develop inner speech skills may help them cope with daily tasks later in life.
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