There are methods that can be used to help children become more educated regarding disabilities within a mainstreamed classroom. A specific technique that was used in this study includes bibliotherapy, in the form of read alouds, as a means of intervention for early elementary students in which the schoolchildren were taught about autism spectrum disorder. The purpose of this study was to determine the knowledge and attitudes elementary school-aged children have regarding adolescents who have autism spectrum disorder, as well as their willingness to participate in certain shared-activities with them. A group of 13 students, from K-2nd grade classrooms, participated in an experimental design. The study, over the course of two days, consisted of taking a pre-test, listening to three read-alouds about autism spectrum disorder, and finally taking a post-test. Results of the study show that bibliotherapy was statistically effective in teaching students about autism spectrum disorder, and encouraging them to participate in certain school-based activities.


Furey, Joan

Second Advisor

Keelor, Jennifer


Communication Sciences and Disorders; Education


autism or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), typical development (TD), bibliotherapy

Publication Date


Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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