Graduate Research Papers


Open Access Graduate Research Paper


Autism diagnosis is growing each year. While the diagnosis is growing, the information available for elementary children is. The purpose of this project is to create a children's book that will enhance student's understanding of autism in their peers. Research questions guide this study:

1. What should be the nature of the characters and storyline in a fiction book that educates children about autism?

2. What particular information about autism should be interwoven into a fictional story featuring autism?

This children's book created is for elementary students, targeted to grades second and third. The book compares a brother to his autistic brother. The older brother tells the story for his autistic brother because he wants other people to understand him, and he cannot express this himself.

Through research on autism, the book was created to act as a teaching tool. The book is intended to be used by teachers, counselors, and students in order to comprehend autism.

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Curriculum and Instruction


Division of School Library Studies

First Advisor

Karla Krueger


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