Episode 3 of the show focuses on Sheldon’s roommate Leonard. Therefore, there are not many examples of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the episode. As mentioned in last week’s post, Sheldon–like many who have ASD–does not separate the literal from the figurative successfully. The episode starts off by showing Sheldon and his friends playing a computer game. At the end of the game, Sheldon betrays his friends by getting the coveted object and leaving his friend’s game characters to die. Sheldon responds by saying “I’m a rogue night elf. Don’t you read character descriptions?” Instead of being a good team player in his friend’s social activity, Sheldon stuck to literal character descriptions, which his friends did not appreciate. Again, this is not the best example in the episode list of the show, but it does start to paint the picture for us and set the stage for future episodes.
The use of social skills training, as well as scripting or other evidence-based practice interventions, can help a child with ASD better participate in figurative or imaginative play. For more information on various interventions, please visit the page Evidence-Based Practices and stay tuned to the blog for future training.