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.
Communication Sciences and Disorders; Education
Kacmarek, Nell L., "The Power of a Story: The Impact of Bibliotherapy on Children's Perceptions of Peers with Autism Spectrum Disorder" (2020). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 9066.
autism or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), typical development (TD), bibliotherapy
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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