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Drawing a Dialogue, Episode 14: Autism in Comics + Social-Emotional Learning


Drawing a Dialogue, Episode 14: Autism in Comics + Social-Emotional Learning

Cathy G. Johnson

Artwork by e jackson.

Artwork by e jackson.

Drawing a Dialogue is a podcast discussing comics in historical + educational contexts by Cathy G. Johnson + e remus jackson.

Episode 14: In this episode, Cathy + e explore how the multimodal experience of comics is ripe with possibilities for engaging with neurodiversity. e discusses disability theories applied to reading and creating comics. Cathy talks about the educational applications through Social-Emotional Learning.

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Episode Citation (chronologically as mentioned in podcast):

  • Difficult Articulations: Comics Autobiography, Trauma, and Disability, Dale Jacobs + Jay Dolmage, The Future of Image and Text, 2012 - Link

  • Drawing a Dialogue, Episode 12: History of Racism + Physiognomy in Cartooning - Link

  • Drawing A Dialogue, Episode 13: Fatphobia In Media + Body Image - Link

  • Reading in Pictures: Re-visioning Autism and Literature through the Medium of Manga, Chris Foss, Disability in Comic Books and Graphic Narratives, 2016 - Link

  • “No Life Lessons Here: Comics, Autism, and Empathetic Scholarship,” Sarah Birge, 2010, Disability Studies Quarterly - Link

  • Autism & Representation, Mark Osteen 2008 - Link

  • Mutable Articulations: Disability Rhetorics and the Comics Medium, Jay Dolmage and Dale Jacobs, Disability in Comic Books and Graphic Narratives, 2016 - Link

  • Drawing a Dialogue, Episode 7: Violence in Comics + How It Affects Us - Link

  • Derby, J. (2013). Nothing about Us without Us: Art Education's Disservice to Disabled People. Studies In Art Education: A Journal Of Issues And Research In Art Education, 54(4), 376-380.

  • "History of SEL" - CASEL

  • "Core competencies" - CASEL

  • Krachman, S. B., LaRocca, R., & Gabrieli, C. (2018). Accounting for the Whole Child. Educational Leadership, 75(5), 28-34.

  • Maurice J., E. (2004). The Connection between Social-Emotional Learning and Learning Disabilities: Implications for Intervention. Learning Disability Quarterly, (1), 53. doi:10.2307/1593632

  • Brooke Graham, D., & Wendie, B. (2006). Promoting Emergent Literacy and Social-Emotional Learning through Dialogic Reading. The Reading Teacher, (6), 554. doi:10.1598/RT.59.6.5

  • Russell, R. L., & Hutzel, K. (2007). Promoting "Social and Emotional Learning" through Service-Learning Art Projects. Art Education, 60(3), 6-11.

  • Art and Autism, A Guide for Educators, Ohio State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Arts Aministration, Education and Policy - PDF

  • "Feelings Faces" art activity - Comic Art Ed

  • Cathy's thesis, Developing the Cartooning Mind: The History, Theory, Benefits + Practice of Comic Books in Visual Arts Education - Link

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