Using virtual environments for teaching social understanding to adolescents with autistic spectrum disorders


Mitchell, Peter, Parsons, Sarah and Leonard, Anne (2007) Using virtual environments for teaching social understanding to adolescents with autistic spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 37, (3), 589-600. (doi:10.1007/s10803-006-0189-8). (PMID:16900403).

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Description/Abstract

Six teenagers with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) experienced a Virtual Environment (VE) of a cafe´ . They also watched three sets of videos of real cafe´s and buses and judged where they would sit and explained why. Half of the participants received their VE experience between the first and second sets of videos, and half experienced it between the second and third. Ten naı¨ve raters independently coded participants’judgments and reasoning. In direct relation to the timing of VE use, there were several instances of significant improvement in judgments and explanations about where to sit, both in a video of a cafe´ and a bus. The results demonstrate the potential of Virtual Reality for teaching social skills.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0162-3257 (print)
1573-3432 (electronic)
Keywords: virtual reality, single-user virtual environments, autism, asperger’s syndrome, social understanding
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > L Education (General)
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Social Justice and Inclusive Education
ePrint ID: 170817
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2011 12:11
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 19:20
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/170817

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