A Practical Guide to Social Interaction Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Michelle O'Reilly
  • Jessica Nina Lester
  • Tom Muskett

Part of the The Language of Mental Health book series (TLMH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Michelle O’Reilly, Jessica Nina Lester, Tom Muskett
    Pages 1-30
  3. Practical Steps for Doing DA and CA Research in ASD

  4. Examples of Empirical ASD Research

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 351-362

About this book


This book introduces a novel approach for examining language and communication in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) - discourse and conversation analysis. The authors offer a set of very different perspectives on these complex issues than are typically presented in psychological and clinical work. Emerging from a range of social scientific fields, discourse and conversation analysis involve fine-grained qualitative analysis of naturally-occurring, rather than laboratory-based, interaction, enabling broad applications. Presented in two parts, this innovative volume first provides a set of pedagogical chapters to develop the reader's knowledge and skills in using these approaches, before moving to showcase the use of discursive methods through a range of original contributions from world-leading scholars, drawn from a range of disciplines including sociology, academic and clinical psychology, speech and language therapy, critical disability studies and social theory, and medicine and psychiatry.


Social constructionism Naturally occurring data communication by people on the autism spectrum cross-linguistic study of ASD Critical Discursive Psychology ‘I don’t know’ utterances in Autism discourse and conversation analysis how to talk to children with ASD social interactions with ASD

Editors and affiliations

  • Michelle O'Reilly
    • 1
  • Jessica Nina Lester
    • 2
  • Tom Muskett
    • 3
  1. 1.University of LeicesterLeicesterUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Indiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA
  3. 3.Leeds Beckett UniversityLeedsUnited Kingdom

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