A collaboration with a local radio station is putting young people with autism in front of the microphone in a bid to help them learn about back-and-forth conversation.

The idea is to use radio interviewing skills to help those who traditionally have trouble with communication to better understand the types of questions and the listening skills that produce a meaningful dialogue.

Participants in the three-week Boulder, Colo. program learn to ask open-ended questions of their interview subjects. Then, after completing interviews, the youngsters have an opportunity to edit the interactions and evaluate whether or not questions and answers were appropriate.

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Officials from the University of Colorado Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences who are behind the program say they hope the students will take their new skills and apply them to natural, social interactions, reports the (Boulder, Colo.) Daily Camera. To read more click here.