Advancing Social Narrative Intervention Tools for Students with Autism: The Role of Educational Technology

  • V. Paige Hale
  • Matthew Schmidt


Formal contributions from the instructional design and technology field have the potential to yield more effective, next-generation social narrative interventions for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Social narrative interventions are a category of behavioral interventions characterized by their use of short, story-like vignettes. This chapter explores an array of advanced technology tools that might be leveraged to facilitate the design, delivery, and monitoring of social narrative interventions. Research literature on learning analytics and human-computer interaction (e.g., eye tracking, galvanic skin response, etc.) as well as authoring tools that allow individuals to create their own social narratives are explored. This examination ends with a description of a conceptual next-generation social narrative intervention and discussion of implications.


Social narrative interventions Autism spectrum disorders Instructional design Analytics Eye tracking Game-based learning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Eastern Kentucky UniversityRichmondUSA
  2. 2.Instructional Design and Technology, University of CincinnatiCincinnatiUSA

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