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How to teach figurative language to autistic people

  • Nira Mashal
  • Anat Kasirer


People with autism manifest language and practical troubles, which appear in all developmental stages. Scientist report use of socially unsuitable remarks, troubles in discussion, and insufficient understanding of linguistic operating in society, particularly troubles in comprehending metaphorical language such as idioms, metaphors, and uncertain expressions (Wouter B, et al. Neurosci Biobehav Rev 32: 1416–25, 2008). These troubles cause failure to take part in social scenarios and to translate occasions properly. In this chapter, we will take a look at the spaces in metaphorical language understanding in between generally established individuals and individuals with autism. We will provide different theories trying to discuss the source of metaphoric language troubles in autism and concentrate on the connection in between executive functions and metaphoric language understanding. We will take a look at the distinctions in between understanding spoken metaphors compared to visual metaphors. We will likewise go over the understanding of traditional metaphors versus unique metaphors. We will present intervention program utilizing “believing maps” to enhance metaphoric language understanding. The outcomes reveal a considerable enhancement in the intervention group in both traditional and unique metaphoric understanding one month following the conclusion of the intervention program. The autistic kids handled to utilize “believing maps” in order to understand traditional metaphors however not unique metaphors they did not find out formerly. In amount, an intervention program utilizing “believing maps” recommends a beneficial tool for mentor metaphors amongst kids with autism.