Topic Investigation

I have been investigating a few topics for this class. The one I’m most interested in though, is ways to teach children with autism how to identify facial expressions to help with their social interactions. Right now, this is taught mostly by showing pictures of people’s faces in different expressions. I believe there is a better way to teach this to children with autism.

In the traditional method of teaching, I think there is benefit to isolating just the emotions, but I think there can be a more engaging way for children to learn this skill, rather than just flipping through index cards. I also think that adding in more context to the situation, like Adams suggests in his books, (ie, giving a story behind the emotion, adding in gestures of the emotion) might be helpful for learning this social skill. It may also be beneficial to try to get multiple children with autism to learn these skills together, as it would incorporate socializing with learning, and you could maybe make a game out of it.

Some things to consider-

  1. these children can seem very uninterested in activities and socializing with other children
  2. ASD is very broad- people with Aspergers want to socialize but don’t know how, other side of the spectrum is people with autism who do not care to socialize with others
  3. might be a savant in some subjects (ex: music, mathematics, etc), but not in behavior
  4. difficult to block-bust activities because my brain works very differently from their brain
emotion flashcards and card game to learn emotions

flash cards blockbusting

  • maybe less information is better for children with autism to learn skills
  • is this the easiest way to young children to learn emotions? at what age do they actually use these flashcards?

emotion card game blockbusting

  • assumes they can read
  • assumes they will be interested in a game