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ERIC Number: EJ1042943
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 128
ISSN: ISSN-1362-3613
The Uses of Cognitive Training Technologies in the Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders
Wass, Sam V.; Porayska-Pomsta, Kaska
Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, v18 n8 p851-871 Nov 2014
In this review, we focus on research that has used technology to provide cognitive training--i.e. to improve performance on some measurable aspect of behaviour--in individuals with autism spectrum disorders. We review technology-enhanced interventions that target three different cognitive domains: (a) emotion and face recognition, (b) language and literacy, and (c) social skills. The interventions reviewed allow for interaction through different modes, including point-and-click and eye-gaze contingent software, and are delivered through diverse implementations, including virtual reality and robotics. In each case, we examine the evidence of the degree of post-training improvement observed following the intervention, including evidence of transfer to altered behaviour in ecologically valid contexts. We conclude that a number of technological interventions have found that observed improvements within the computerised training paradigm fail to generalise to altered behaviour in more naturalistic settings, which may result from problems that people with autism spectrum disorders experience in generalising and extrapolating knowledge. However, we also point to several promising findings in this area. We discuss possible directions for future work.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Information Analyses
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Language: English
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