Enhancing emotion recognition in children with autism spectrum conditions: an intervention using animated vehicles with real emotional faces

Ofer Golan, Emma Ashwin, Yael Granader, Suzy McClintock, Kate Day, Victoria Leggett, Simon Baron-Cohen

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Abstract

This study evaluated The Transporters, an animated series designed to enhance emotion comprehension in children with autism spectrum conditions (ASC). n = 20 children with ASC (aged 4-7) watched The Transporters everyday for 4 weeks. Participants were tested before and after intervention on emotional vocabulary and emotion recognition at three levels of generalization. Two matched control groups of children (ASC group, n = 18 and typically developing group, n = 18) were also assessed twice without any intervention. The intervention group improved significantly more than the clinical control group on all task levels, performing comparably to typical controls at Time 2. We conclude that using The Transporters significantly improves emotion recognition in children with ASC. Future research should evaluate the series' effectiveness with lower-functioning individuals.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-279
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume40
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010

Keywords

  • emotion recognition
  • autism spectrum
  • animation
  • intervention
  • children
  • intrinsic motivation

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