Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Autism Therapy

American Sign Language is being used by speech therapists and child psychologists to help autistic children express their feelings. Autistic youngsters are encouraged to speak aloud as they sign to promote speech but the main focus is expressing their emotions which often come out in inappropriate ways, such as hitting other children. Sight is perhaps the strongest sense among children with autism while verbal skills are weak. Thus, signing allows them to have a validation and to feel understood.