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ERIC Number: ED553738
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 134
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ISBN: 978-1-3031-0620-0
Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Computer Based Intervention, the Transporters, on Both Recognition and Understanding of Emotions in Young Children with Autism
Romero, Neri L.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Social impairments may be the most striking deficit in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). A common social impairment in individuals with ASD is difficulty interpreting and or predicting emotions of others. This difficulty can affect an individual's ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with others. Two boys and one girl, 4-8 years in age, who are educated in self-contained classrooms for students with communication and social skills deficits, participated in this study. A multiple probe across participants design was utilized to assess the effects of using a computer based intervention designed to teach young children to recognize and understand emotions in others. Episodes from the software program, "The Transporters" were shown three times daily with a quiz immediately following the third viewing each school day for a period of roughly four weeks (based on attendance). In addition, participants were tested on emotion recognition skills in live settings pre and post-intervention. All participants showed marked improvements in measures assessing their recognition of both basic and complex emotions in faces following a four week computer-based intervention in the school setting. Specifically, gains in performance on emotion recognition tasks in both quizzes and live scenarios were observed in all participants during and following the intervention. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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