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Embodied imagination and metaphor use in autism spectrum disorder

Journal Article


Abstract


  • This paper discusses different frameworks for understanding imagination and metaphor in the context of research on the imaginative skills of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In contrast to a standard linguistic framework, it advances an embodied and enactive account of imagination and metaphor. The paper describes a case study from a systemic therapeutic session with a child with ASD that makes use of metaphors. It concludes by outlining some theoretical insights into the imaginative skills of children with ASD that follow from taking the embodied-enactive perspective and proposes suggestions for interactive interventions to further enhance imaginative skills and metaphor understanding in children with ASD.

Publication Date


  • 2021

Citation


  • Rucinska, Z., Fondelli, T., & Gallagher, S. (2021). Embodied imagination and metaphor use in autism spectrum disorder. Healthcare (Switzerland), 9(2). doi:10.3390/healthcare9020200

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85104382647

Volume


  • 9

Issue


  • 2

Abstract


  • This paper discusses different frameworks for understanding imagination and metaphor in the context of research on the imaginative skills of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In contrast to a standard linguistic framework, it advances an embodied and enactive account of imagination and metaphor. The paper describes a case study from a systemic therapeutic session with a child with ASD that makes use of metaphors. It concludes by outlining some theoretical insights into the imaginative skills of children with ASD that follow from taking the embodied-enactive perspective and proposes suggestions for interactive interventions to further enhance imaginative skills and metaphor understanding in children with ASD.

Publication Date


  • 2021

Citation


  • Rucinska, Z., Fondelli, T., & Gallagher, S. (2021). Embodied imagination and metaphor use in autism spectrum disorder. Healthcare (Switzerland), 9(2). doi:10.3390/healthcare9020200

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85104382647

Volume


  • 9

Issue


  • 2