Autism

How to use comic strip conversations for #Autism?

Comic strip conversations can help people with autism to understand concepts that they find particularly difficult. People draw as they talk and use these drawings to learn about different social situations.

In a comic strip conversation, the person with autism takes the lead role with parents, carers and teachers offering support and guidance.

Conversations are usually started with small talk (for example, talking about the weather) to get people familiar with drawing whilst talking and to mimic ordinary social interactions. Following this, the support person may ask a range of questions about a specific situation or type of social interaction. The person with autism answers by speaking and drawing their response.

Colour could be used to indicate the feelings or ideas of people involved in the situation and to help the person with autism to better understand the perspectives of others.

For complex situations, or for people who have difficulty reporting events in sequence, comic strip boxes may be used, or drawings can be numbered in the sequence in which they occur.

Before finishing a comic strip conversation, go back and summarise the event or situation you've discussed using the drawings as a guide. After this, think about how you can address any problems or concerns that have been identified. You can then develop an action plan for similar situations in the future. This will be a helpful guide for the person wtih autism.

Comic strip conversations can also be used to plan for a situation in the future that may be causing anxiety or concern, for example an exam or a social event. However, remember that plans can sometimes change. It's important to present the information in a way which allows for unexpected changes to a situation.