One area that people with autism may struggle with is understanding non-literal language such as idioms. Shova Sah, Honours Project Student at the University of Edinburgh is developing a mobile phone application that will allow teenagers with autism to explore common idioms and to better understand the intentions behind these idioms when they come across them while interacting with peers. The target user group for the new mobile phone app will be children, teenagers, and adults with a language comprehension age of at least 10 years. In order to make the most informed decision possible regarding which idioms to focus on, Sah is seeking input from teachers, parents, speech/language therapists and adults with autism who have experienced the aforementioned challenges with idioms. If you would like to help, please click here to participate in a brief survey.
with thanks to Helen Pain