Navigation Links
'Inner Dialogue' Might Aid People With Autism
Date:1/25/2012

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25 (HealthDay News) -- Learning to "talk things through in their head" could help people with autism make plans and complete complex daily tasks, researchers say.

These skills might increase the likelihood that people with autism can 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.

Autism is characterized by repetitive behaviors and difficulty with communication and social interactions. The researchers said that the use or non-use of thinking in words is strongly associated with the degree of communication problems that are rooted in early childhood.

The researchers said that children with autism have the mechanism for using "inner speech" but they don't always use it in the same way as typically developing children.

Teaching children with autism how to encourage inner speech, such as encouraging them to describe their actions out loud, may make a difference, the researchers said. This type of approach has previously been shown to increase mental flexibility among typically developing children.

The study authors also suggested that children with autism could benefit from verbal learning of their daily school schedules, rather than using written or other visual timetables.

The study appeared online Jan. 25 in the journal Development and Psychopathology.

"Most people will 'think in words' when trying to solve problems, which helps with planning or particularly complicated tasks," study author David Williams, a lecturer in the department of psychology at Durham University, said in a university news release. "Young, typically developing children tend to talk out loud to guide themselves when they face challenging tasks."

However, it is only from about age 7 that "they talk to themselves in their head and, thus, think in words for problem-solving," he added. "How good people are at this skill is in part determined by their communication experiences as a young child."

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has more about autism.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Durham University, news release, Jan. 24, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Recession Proof Your Valentine's Day With InnerRewards Spa & Salon Deals
2. Six Other E. colis Could Be Lurking In Your Valentine Days Dinner
3. Realistic Physical Goals Can Make You a Winner
4. Winners are Grinners at the Inaugural Parallels Partner Awards
5. Fellowship winners make cancer their focus
6. Current Blood Thinners Face Tough Competition
7. Learn to Dance in a Day -- Beginner Workshop Launches Modern Jive in Toronto
8. AGH Study Shows High Rates of Poorly Controlled Asthma Among Inner-City Pittsburgh Children
9. Put Some Fiesta Into Dinner - Sam's Club Adds New Spanish Red Wine From Torres Winery
10. ASH announces 2010 Scholar Award winners
11. Americans Want Uncle Sams Help Putting Healthy Foods on Their Dinner Table
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
'Inner Dialogue' Might Aid People With Autism
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... , ... The 12th session of the Silicon Valley BioTalks will take place ... CA. This Bay Area biotech event will focus on “Setting Up Early Stage Clinical ... company Hallux, biopharma Apexigen, Contract Research Organization (CRO) Experien Group, and Electronic Data Capture ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... May 25, 2016 , ... “We are very pleased to ... Advisors. “Brad brings significant experience advising healthcare provider clients throughout the country. As ... implementation of MACRA, we believe that continuing to add professionals with deep experience ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... 25, 2016 , ... The Georgia State University College of Law new building ... Design Commission. , The annual award recognizes projects, programs, individuals and organizations that have ... of its physical heritage and the balance between the old and the new. , ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... Marne, Michigan (PRWEB) , ... May 25, 2016 ... ... abuse located in Central Michigan, has produced another video highlighting one of the ... their Martial Arts class. Sensei Ed Taylor, a 5 th Degree Black Belt ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... 25, 2016 , ... According to an article published May 5th on The Daily ... their breath. In fact, it found that more than a third cited unappealing breath a ... by pungent foods or a failure to brush after meals, can typically be attributed to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/25/2016)... Germany and GERMANTOWN, Maryland ... (NASDAQ: QGEN ; Frankfurt Prime Standard: QIA) today ... co-development agreement with Therawis Diagnostics GmbH to develop and commercialize ... develop and market PITX2 as a marker to predict effectiveness ... cancer patients. "We are pleased to partner with ...
(Date:5/25/2016)...  According to Kalorama Information, the world market ... Though these are challenging times in the market, ... for companies that remain optimistic and seek innovation.  ... prospects medical device companies spend a higher percentage ... than do companies in other industries.  Also, in ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... CORAL SPRINGS, Florida , May 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... Marijuana Business Conference & Expo earlier this month, the ... undeniable. As revenues continue to climb into the billions, ... to the newly released 4th Edition State of Legal ... New Frontier, a cannabis-focused data-analysis firm, much of the ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: