MITA (Mental Imagery Therapy for Autism) is a unique, early-intervention application for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The app includes bright, interactive puzzles designed to help children learn how to mentally integrate multiple features of an object, an ability that has proven to lead to vast improvements in general learning. Success with MITA puzzles could over time result in significant improvements in a child’s overall development, specifically in the realms of language, attention and visual skills.
MITA’s educational goal is to develop a child’s ability to respond to multiple cues. It is designed for early childhood and intended for daily use over an extended period of time. Our hypothesis, which we intend to test in a longitudinal clinical trial, is that regular, prolonged practice over the course of at least two years with the MITA application will result not only in a greater ability to attend to multiple cues and in reduction in stimulus overselectivity, but that it will also lead to vast improvements of transfer tasks measuring visuospatial as well as communicative skills.
If you are interested in reading more about the science behind MITA, please read our recently published article.