عنوان مقاله [English]
The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of the game-based empathy training on communication skills and stereotypical behaviors of autistic students. This quasi-experimental study was carried out as a pretest-posttest with control group. The statistical population of this study included all students of the Besharat autism spectrum center of Rasht city in the academic year of 2015-2016. Among them, a sample of 8 people was selected and placed in two experimental and control groups. Both groups were pre-test and the examination group received empathy training in 18 sessions of 45 minutes, while the control group did not receive this training, and at the end, a post-test was performed for both groups. To collect the data, Lelord – Barthelemy's Autistic Behavior Evaluation Scale and the Early Social Communication scale of the Mundy et al. were used. The results of Mann Whitney test showed that empathy education is effective in increasing communication skills and reducing the stereotypical behavior of autistic students. Based on the results of this study, it is possible to use game-based empathy training to enhance student communication skills as a complementary method for improving autistic behaviors.