ERIC Number: ED265720
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Dec
Speech Acquisition and Archetypes: A Developmental Study of Autistic Young Adults.
This paper examines the communication of autistic individuals and describes a speech therapy approach based on a view of speech as an archetypal reality, and suggests that the archetypal nature of speech manifests itself in autistic persons and that drumming or chanting can release the inner flow. Intervention techniques were used to create rapport (meaning-bonds) with two autistic young adults in the course of 8 months of group and individual sessions. In the first instance, pre-linguistic development took place after the age of puberty in an autistic person whose pre-linguistic development had been arrested. In the second case, the young adult increased his vocabulary, sentences, and interaction with other subjects. His success is ascribed to his feeling at ease to respond to people and events, choice of topics and materials adapted to his interest and capabilities, and presentation of materials in small, meaningful units that could be used in different communicative settings. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the International Symposium on Autism (Geyersville, CA June 3-5, 1985).