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Comic Strip Conversations

A Comic Strip Conversation uses pictures or illustrations to illustrate the ongoing process of a conversation.  Drawing while you speak provides visual information for the listener to support their understanding.  It is an effective tool for parents and professionals when communicating with students who have autism and other developmental disabilities.


  • Claire

    It would be good to try this comic strip conversation with a child or a group of children after an incident involving conflict between them.

    Years ago, I did an interactive drawing therapy course and I have used this for myself and with children. It involves the child drawing a scene, putting themselves and others in the scene and then talking about their actions and feelings. The child chooses a colour to draw in extra bits/detail to their picture.  Drawing is a great way for children who have poor oral language skills to express their thoughts and feelings. 


  • Craig Moir

    This is an excellent resource / strategy to unpack a challenging situation and to understand how a student was feeling and also how it could be handled differently next time. It would allow the student once completed to look at the situation from a whole new perspective and not feel overwhelmed as it is like completing a jigsaw. Once it is completed a lot would be achieved for the student and the teacher in regards to how to handle situations. I look forward to using it. 

  • Sam Weepers

    Kia ora Craig and Claire

    Thank you for your feedback.  I hope the resource will be useful.  Both of you touched on two things I strongly believe in when supporting students to manage their behaviours: the need for mindfulness to calm the student and strengthening the relationship between student and teacher.  I believe the therapeutic act of drawing achieves the calming mindfulness and having student AND teacher see the situation from a whole new perspective would strengthen their relationship.  

    Ngā mihi nui


  • Jane Chartres

    Hi Sam 

    I have used this resource previously with older students. It was very helpful as the format seemed to neutralise the situation - it was on paper and could be discussed without the blame game occurring. It was also a format that all students could adapt. 



  • Sam Weepers

    Kia ora Jane

    Thank you for your feedback.  I'm pleased to see this resource has worked for you in the past.  I like your comment about it negating the 'blame game'.  This resource seems to align well with Restorative Practices and could be used as a tool under the Restorative Practice umbrella.  Thank you for this insight.

    Ngā mihi nui