Ryan and the Yellow Bike: Using Psychodrama in Work with Autistic Children

Abstract: The author describes a revolutionary Special Education programming technique designed for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The approach, known as 'Social Stories' and developed by Carol Gray in Michigan, USA, uses the exceptional visual ability of most children with ASD. A method called 'Comic Strip Conversations' is described where social concepts are described through detailed illustrations. The method helps children with ASD learn about and understand complex social interactions and relationships and to express themselves and their emotions. The issue is discussed with reference to a 9-year-old boy, Ryan, and his struggle to express his feelings about a specially-built yellow bike.

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