Developmental Disorders

Research shows that children with autism are able to create imaginary friends

Imaginary companions

PLAYING with imaginary companions (IC) helps children learn essential social skills such as empathy with other people.  It is often believed that autistic youngsters are incapable of creating pretend play pals – a further hindrance to their development of emotional understanding.

But now a project headed by a University of Huddersfield researcher confirms that children diagnosed with autism are able to create and play with ICs.  Further research is to be conducted and could eventually help to develop new therapies.