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Emotions and Autism

This week on NBC‘s Parenthood, Max learns to apologize following the lunchtime situation he had with his cousin Jabbar. Max is upset to hear that not only does Jabbar not have detention, he doesn’t have to write a letter. Max is angry and doesn’t understand, which results in a meltdown.
 
Amber joins Max during his lunch detention to help work on emotional recognition. You can view the clip here.
 
How do you work on emotional recognition? In what ways do you teach feelings; happy, sad, angry, etc.? We’d love to hear your strategies and techniques.
 
Parenthoods’s The Experts Speak says, ”An individuals with ASD do not glean information from facial expressions of others as typical individuals do. They do not always look people in the eye, do not understand a lifted eyebrow, smirk, sad face, disappointed face and all the other messages sent by someone else’s facial expression. In addition, when you combine all of these expressions with the thousands of possible gestures and vocal inflections – which add their own meanings into the mix – you can understand why this is an incredibly difficult skill to master when one does not have the neurological basis for doing so.”
 
For Further Reference:
 
Stephen Shore: Strengths and Challenges
WrongPlanet: Using Facial Expressions
Squidalicious: Autism and Facial Expressions 
A Diary of a Mom: Emotional Identification