ERIC Number: EJ779221
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Reference Count: 18
Using Comic Strip Conversations to Increase Social Satisfaction and Decrease Loneliness in Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Pierson, Melinda R.; Glaeser, Barbara C.
Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities, v42 n4 p460-466 Dec 2007
Comic Strip Conversations have been used to improve the social skills of students on the autism spectrum. Research on the effectiveness of this strategy was extended to three lower elementary-aged male students diagnosed as exhibiting high-functioning autism. One elementary special education teacher and her 2 paraprofessionals used Comic Strip Conversations for a period of 6 weeks with 3 students who exhibited signs of loneliness. All participants became more involved socially and actively began to seek friendships. The educators working with them noted increased friendships in the classroom and on the playground as well as visible signs of social satisfaction among the participants.
Descriptors: Speech Communication, Autism, Friendship, Special Education Teachers, Psychological Patterns, Cartoons, Interpersonal Competence, Interpersonal Relationship, Communication Skills, Interpersonal Communication, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Elementary School Students, Males, Special Needs Students
Division on Developmental Disabilities, Council for Exceptional Children. DDD, P.O. Box 3512, Fayetteville, AR 72702. Tel: 479-575-3326; Fax: 479-575-6676; Web site: http://www.dddcec.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A