‘Inner Talk’ Beneficial for Children with Autism

Teaching children how to ‘talk things through in their head’ has been proven to increase mental flexibility however it could be even more important for children with autism.

These skills might increase the chances of people with autism being able to live independent, flexible lives, according to the study led by a team at Durham University in England.

The researchers compared how 15 high-functioning adults with autism spectrum disorder and 16 adults without the disorder completed a test that measures planning ability as well as a short-term memory task.

The psychologists found that the use, or lack of, thinking in words is strongly linked to the extent of someone’s communication deficiencies which are rooted in early childhood. Continue reading