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ERIC Number: EJ1016794
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1710-2146
Social Interaction and Cooperative Activities: Drawing Plans as a Means of Increasing Engagement for Children with ASD
Peters, Brenda; Forlin, Chris; McInerney, Dennis; Maclean, Rupert
International Journal of Whole Schooling, v9 n2 p61-86 2013
A substantial amount of learning in schools takes place within social contexts and class-based group activities; however, social learning situations, communication and social cognition development for children with ASD can be a challenge for the children and their teachers. This paper explores what happens when children with ASD draw activity-plans about cooperation and play, and how ideas about collaboration with peers can be introduced and developed. Initial qualitative data from video and the children's hand drawn pictures reveal their prior experiences of working with others, however, through drawing plans about engaging in intentional social communication and cooperation activities, the children change their ideas about working together. This study finds that children's illustrations portray their concepts of play with others, communication, conflict, and humour, as well as eventually the inclusion of others in constructive activities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong
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