Training emotional recognition in a child with acquired brain injury: a single case study

Caroline Law, Tatiana Leal Amore, W. Huw Williams, James Tonks

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    Abstract

    Emotional processing is affected by childhood brain injury. Ineffective emotional processing and poor understanding of social cues affect the development of social relationships leading to social isolation and a poorer quality of life in the long-term. Facial expression recognition is a non-verbal social cue that is used to interpret the thoughts and feelings of others. Children with brain injury have shown deficits identifying even basic emotions from facial expression, yet few intervention studies have explored how to develop facial expression recognition in children with brain injury. Enhancing the ability to recognize and interpret facial expressions for these children would have implications for their emotional processing and social-emotional behavior. In this paper we report on a short single case study intervention to increase facial expression recognition using the Facial Affect Recognition training (FAR) for a 10-year-old-child with brain injury. Following intervention, there was not only an increase in facial expression recognition but also changes in social-emotional behavior indicating some generalization to other contexts. The results suggest that rehabilitation of emotional processing difficulties may indeed be possible, and further intervention studies aimed at developing these skills in children with brain injury are warranted.

    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages9
    JournalApplied Neuropsychology: Child
    DOIs
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 Dec 2019

    Keywords

    • brain injury
    • children
    • emotional processing
    • facial expression
    • intervention
    • social communication

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