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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), pp. 589-600. (doi:10.1007/s10803-006-0189-8). (PMID:16900403).

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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 na?¨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.

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Published date: 2007
Keywords: virtual reality, single-user virtual environments, autism, asperger’s syndrome, social understanding


Local EPrints ID: 170817
ISSN: 0162-3257
PURE UUID: b7f4ea23-13a6-4e6d-8289-d44524d73ac6
ORCID for Sarah Parsons: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 11 Jan 2011 12:11
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 12:16

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Author: Peter Mitchell
Author: Sarah Parsons ORCID iD
Author: Anne Leonard

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