Teaching Emotional Recognition in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Generalizing into Reality Using Systematic Vehicles
Gavigan, Kelley L.
Individuals with ASD have deficits in theory of mind, which includes limited ability in emotional recognition, but have superior systemizing abilities. The proposed study was designed to enhance the emotional recognition abilities in children with ASD, specifically to generalize into real life situations, through the use of The Transporters DVDs. The 5- week study would include 33 children (23 diagnosed with ASD) who would be tested before and after intervention with The Transporters DVDs. Participants who would receive treatment would predictably show significantly better emotional recognition in all 6 testing levels. Generalization into real life situations would significantly improve, but would show less improvement than all other levels. These findings would suggest that emotional recognition can be improved, but individuals with ASD still struggle with generalization involving complex emotions or stimuli.
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