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Tell me a story: Using picture books to increase autism acceptance

Picture books can be an effective means of promoting autism acceptance among typically developing peers.

October 15, 2020

We’re all keenly aware that simply because an autistic child is part of a mainstream classroom doesn’t mean that they are truly included by their peers. Part of our role as SLPs, though, can be to help peers understand and accept their autistic classmates. These authors found that picture books that portray autistic children in a positive way can be an effective way to educate peers and promote acceptance.


Lian et al. chose three children’s books* to be the basis of six weekly lessons. They used the following criteria (Gaffney & Wilkins, 2016)…


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