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Carolyn Barndt

Barndt, C. (2005, May). Bibliotherapy: Developing fiction for siblings of children with Autism.
Mentor: Dr. Janet Kosarych-Coy


Bibliotherapy is a useful therapeutic technique used in conjunction with traditional therapy that is applicable to a wide variety of diagnoses and situations. The incorporation of fictional literature utilizing factual representations of psychological disorders in therapy targeting children provides a creative and less threatening outlet for therapeutic progress to occur. Literature addressing the effects of a diagnosis of autism within a sibling relationship serves as a source of educational material for the public about the disorder as well as a therapeutic tool for children in similar circumstances.

Read the paper (download the pdf)
Readability and Comprehension 
A Sister's Story