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Discover cartooning, a visually oriented strategy that involves drawing a picture to explain a situation and the thoughts of others during the situation. Cartooning can be used to teach social, behavioral, organizational and academic skills. It is a way to help individuals understand "the obvious". Cartooning can be as simple as drawing stick figures or simple drawings, often times including thought bubbles and speaking bubbles.


Cartooning Example


Cartooning: Figurative Language
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Cartooning: Kind vs. Unkind Words
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Cartooning: Misinterpreting Comments
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Cartooning: Subtle vs. Being Too Direct
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Cartooning: Template for a Group
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Book Suggestions

Cartoon Cut-Ups

Cartoon Cut-Ups: Teaching Figurative Language & Humor

Hamersky, Jean

Cartoons can be used as a vehicle for communication development, can foster flexibility in thinking about language and social situations as well as improve the understanding of figurative language and humor. This book presents cartoons, organized in humorous linguistic elements for developing humor and related language forms. Students can draw inferences from the illustrations and then interpret the communication between the characters.

Comic Strip Conversations

Comic Strip Conversations: Illustrated Interactions with Students with Autism and Related Disorders

Gray, Carol

Carol Gray combines stick-figures with "conversation symbols" to illustrate what people say and think during conversations. Showing what people are thinking reinforces that others have independent thoughts - a concept spectrum children don't intuitively understand. Children can also recognize that, although people say one thing, they may think something quite different - another concept foreign to "concrete-thinking" children. Children can draw their own "comic strips" to show what they are thinking and feeling about events or people.