Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 40, Issue 12, pp 1505–1511

Teaching Emotion Recognition Skills to Children with Autism

Original paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10803-010-1009-8

Cite this article as:
Ryan, C. & Charragáin, C.N. J Autism Dev Disord (2010) 40: 1505. doi:10.1007/s10803-010-1009-8


Autism is associated with difficulty interacting with others and an impaired ability to recognize facial expressions of emotion. Previous teaching programmes have not addressed weak central coherence. Emotion recognition training focused on components of facial expressions. The training was administered in small groups ranging from 4 to 7 children. Improvements were significantly better for the training group (n = 20, mean age 9 years, 3 months) than a waiting list control group (n = 10, mean age 10 years, 7 months). Pre and post measures revealed an effect size of the training of Cohen’s d = 1.42. The impact of the training was highly significant. There was evidence of some generalisation of the emotion recognition and improvements at follow-up.


Autism Emotion recognition Facial expressions 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.North Lee Autism Spectrum Disorder ServiceCOPE FoundationCorkIreland

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