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Pronoun difficulties: New study about brain processing in children with Autism

Last post 10-15-2011, 12:57 PM by Tricia Coleman. 0 replies.
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  •  10-15-2011, 12:57 PM

    Pronoun difficulties: New study about brain processing in children with Autism


    Based on the following exerpt from a recent article...

    "The communication network of the brain is its white matter, which consists of myelinated axons that carry information between different regions. An emerging view is that the white matter is compromised in autism, specifically in the frontal-posterior tracts.

    A groundbreaking 2009 study by Dr. Just and colleagues showed for the first time that compromised white matter in children with reading difficulties could be repaired with extensive behavioral therapy. The imaging study showed that the brain locations that had been abnormal prior to remedial training improved to normal levels afterwards. Reading performance also improved by an amount that corresponded to the amount of white matter change. Ongoing research at CCBI is assessing the white matter in detail, measuring its integrity and topology and trying to pinpoint the difference in the brain network of people with autism.

    "This new understanding of what causes pronoun confusion in autism helps make sense of the larger problems of autism as well as the idiosyncrasies," "Dr. Just said. "Moreover, it points to new types of therapies that may help rehab the white matter in autism." "

    ...does anyone know of any specific techniques to work on pronoun use in children with Autism?  What are the therapy implications for this article?


    Thank you,

    Tricia Coleman, M.S. SLP-CFY