Digital Socialising in Children on the Autism Spectrum

Authored by: Meryl Alper , Madison Irons

The Routledge Companion to Digital Media and Children

Print publication date:  October  2020
Online publication date:  October  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138544345
eBook ISBN: 9781351004107
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Delving into the nuance of sociality in relation to autistic youth and their uses of media and communication technologies, this chapter reviews relevant theoretical and conceptual framings of disability, autism, and youth. Analysis encompasses three areas: technologies for socialisation (e.g., educational tools, therapeutic devices), materials for socialising (e.g., everyday media use), and media that purportedly promote anti-social behaviour in children. With added reflection from the authors’ ethnographic fieldwork, the chapter argues that media practices of autistic youth reveal tensions and contradictions in how social norms are made, remade, and unmade through highly complex technologically mediated interactions and relationships.

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