ERIC Number: EJ1055767
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Recognizing Emotions: Testing an Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Richard, Donna Abely; More, William; Joy, Stephen P.
Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, v32 n1 p13-19 2015
A severely impaired capacity for social interaction is one of the characteristics of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Deficits in facial emotional recognition processing may be associated with this limitation. The Build-a-Face (BAF) art therapy intervention was developed to assist with emotional recognition through the viewing and manipulating of three-dimensional facial features on a mannequin-like bust. This pilot study tested the abilities of 19 children with ASD to identify emotions depicted in facial photographs before and after a single BAF intervention session. The results indicated no statistically significant difference between the treatment and control groups; however, the treatment group had greater improvement than the control. Future research involving multiple BAF sessions is needed to test the effectiveness of BAF for promoting emotion recognition.
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Interpersonal Competence, Emotional Response, Nonverbal Communication, Art Therapy, Intervention, Human Body, Children, Photography, Pictorial Stimuli, Visual Perception, Control Groups, Experimental Groups, Comparative Analysis, Pretests Posttests, Scores, Recognition (Psychology)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Connecticut
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