Ball, Heather (2011)
Ap.Ed.&ChildPsy.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.
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Baron-Cohen (2002) developed an intervention for children with a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC) which utilises a DVD called the Transporters. The Transporters is a make- believe world of imaginary characters where vehicles have feelings and contains a
combination of systematic elements such as trains and trams with human faces. The development of the Transporters is based on the ‘empathizing-systemizing’ theory. That is, in contrast to difficulties with emotion recognition, individuals with ASC have been shown to have an enhanced ability in ‘systemizing’ compared to typically developing children (Baron- Cohen, 2002).
An experimental design with multiple baselines was used to assess the impact of the Transporters DVD intervention on the emotion recognition of children with Highly Functioning Autism (HFA). A repeated measures method was used whereby participants completed three measures at Time 1, 2 and 3. The intervention took place between Time 2 and Time 3. Performance was compared across all three times using an analysis of variance statistical test.
There was no significant difference between Time 2 and 3 for any of the measures. The results from this research would suggest that more evidence is needed about the use of the Transporters within a school context before Educational Psychologists and other professionals recommend the Transporters as a tool to enhance emotion recognition when used in schools.
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