Intensive exposure to narrative in story books as a possibly effective treatment of social perspective-taking in schoolchildren with autism

Kohei Tsunemi, Ayana Tamura, Shino Ogawa, Tomoko Isomura, Hiroyasu Ito, Misako Ida, Nobuo Masataka

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One of the major characteristics of autism is impairment of communication and socialization. While such impairment per se has been well documented, research into effective interventions for children with this developmental disorder is still limited. Here we present preliminary evidence for the possibility of improvement of the capability of social perspective-taking in schoolchildren with autism by having intensive experience with narrative, in which they were exposed to narrative in story books read by their parents over a consecutive 5- to 6-day-period. When their capability was evaluated on the basis of a conventional role-taking task, the mean score tended to increase after the exposure as compared to before the exposure, whereas such a change was not recorded in children who did not experience such exposure. These effects were confirmed when the children were retested 4 months later. Although preliminary, the current study represents a step toward the development of more effective social perspective-taking interventions for children with autism.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberArticle 2
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Issue numberJAN
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Feb 12
Externally publishedYes



  • Autism
  • Mental state
  • Narrative
  • Social perspective-taking
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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