Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 40, Issue 3, pp 269–279

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
Original paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10803-009-0862-9

Cite this article as:
Golan, O., Ashwin, E., Granader, Y. et al. J Autism Dev Disord (2010) 40: 269. doi:10.1007/s10803-009-0862-9

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.

Keywords

Autism spectrumChildrenEmotion recognitionInterventionAnimationIntrinsic motivation

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ofer Golan
    • 1
    • 2
  • Emma Ashwin
    • 1
  • Yael Granader
    • 1
    • 3
  • Suzy McClintock
    • 1
  • Kate Day
    • 1
  • Victoria Leggett
    • 1
  • Simon Baron-Cohen
    • 1
  1. 1.Autism Research Centre, Department of PsychiatryCambridge UniversityCambridgeUK
  2. 2.Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of PsychologyBar-Ilan UniversityRamat-GanIsrael
  3. 3.Ferkauf Graduate School of PsychologyYeshiva UniversityNew YorkUSA