Thinking in Speech: Promoting Independent Problem Solving in Children with ASD

  • 30 May 2014
  • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101, Pittsburgh, PA 15223
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Thinking in Speech:

Promoting Independent Problem Solving in Children with ASD

 Presented by

Janice Nathan, M.S., CCC-SLP


Friday, May 30, 2014

9:30  a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  

Autism Connection of PA

35 Wilson Street #101

Pittsburgh, PA 15223

Janice Nathan is a certified speech-language pathologist and owner of Nathan Speech Services.  Janice works with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) providing individual speech and language therapy as well as social skills therapy.  Her area of expertise is cognitive processing of language and its effect on child development, interpersonal relationships and learning.  Janice’s interest and unique language intervention approach in this area developed as a result of growing up with a brother and a mother with ASD. 

Program Description

The ability to "think in speech" is critical for flexible behavior and cognition, and is the foundation for effective self-regulation (Vygotsky, 1987).  Over time, children develop the ability to regulate their own behavior by engaging in dialogue with themselves, in the absence of others. Evidence is emerging that individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have diminished or underdeveloped inner speech (Williams et al., 2012).  Individuals with ASD engage in relatively little of the early communicative exchanges that are considered critical for the formation of verbal thinking. This presentation will describe a language intervention approach designed to facilitate independent problem-solving through the development of inner speech.  As children begin to employ "inner speech" in their daily environment, the ability to pause, plan and reflect increases which are pre-requisite skills needed for social and academic success. The presentation will describe: Pre-cursor strategies to promote readiness for inner speech problem-solving. The research-based problem-solving framework used to help children with ASD develop inner speech for problem-solving;  and  applications of inner speech for developing emotional control.  In addition, the presentation will go over findings of a research study which compared this language intervention to "traditional" speech-language therapy with respect to developing the ability to ask for help at home and at school when faced with a task deemed stressful or challenging.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:

1. Identify typical and atypical language development in children with ASD.
2. Explain the three stages of learning and its importance for writing language goals for children with ASD.
3. Apply strategies specifically designed to promote independent thinking for problem solving in children with ASD.

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