What is Thinking in Speech®
The voice in our head we use when thinking is called “Inner speech.” The ability to use inner speech is critical for problem-solving, and is the foundation for effective self-regulation. But research shows that autistic children have underdeveloped inner speech. Without inner speech, these children cannot adapt to new situations, and cannot talk themselves through stressful experiences - resulting in greater anxiety and more emotional meltdowns. Thinking in Speech is the only therapy that develops inner speech in autistic individuals!
Thinking in Speech is a neurocognitive therapy, for a neurocognitive disorder. We are not trying to elicit new behaviors; we are trying to activate better ways of thinking that help autistic children solve any problems they will face in real-world situations at home, at school, and in everyday social situations.