Description and Preliminary Evaluation of a Curriculum for Teaching Conversational Skills to Children With High-Functioning Autism and Other Social Cognition Challenges
Müller, E., Cannon, L.R., Kornblum, C., Clark, J., & Powers, M.
July 1, 2016
This pilot study examined the outcomes of an intervention (i.e., Conversation Club) that was, in part, inspired by the Unthinkables in the Superflex Curriculum as well as other core Social Thinking Vocabulary. By using cartoon-characters to facilitate thinking about the importance of each conversational skill, students were taught why conversations matter and how they impact others’ emotions. This study builds on the Crooke, et al. (2008) study’s assertion that building an individual’s capacity to understand the underlying reason for social communication may be more meaningful than simply teaching rote social skills.