How imaginary helpers improves well-being of children with autism

Researchers have designed a technique that helps children with autism  (especially those who are high-functioning) improve their mental well-being.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is the basis for the technique, which has the children creating imaginary "homunculi" characters to help them cope with real-life problems.

The children are instructed to "recruit" the human-like tiny creatures in the brain and give them problem-solving assignments and gadgets to tackle upsetting feelings, thoughts and behaviors.

It's not exactly brand new, as psychologists have been working on this and testing it for a decade. But even high school kids with Asperger's had decreased stress, depression, anger and anxiety when they used the technique, so it's not just for little kids.

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