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ERIC Number: EJ786682
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1362-3613
Development of Symbolic Play through the Use of Virtual Reality Tools in Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Two Case Studies
Herrera, Gerardo; Alcantud, Francisco; Jordan, Rita; Blanquer, Amparo; Labajo, Gabriel; De Pablo, Cristina
Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, v12 n2 p143-157 2008
Difficulties in understanding symbolism have been documented as characteristic of autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs). In general, virtual reality (VR) environments offer a set of potential advantages for educational intervention in ASD. In particular, VR offers the advantage, for teaching pretend play and for understanding imagination, of it being possible to show these imaginary transformations explicitly. This article reports two case studies of children with autism (aged 8:6 and 15:7, both male), examining the effectiveness of using a VR tool specifically designed to work on teaching understanding of pretend play. The results, confirmed by independent observers, showed a significant advance in pretend play abilities after the intervention period in both participants, and a high degree of generalization of the acquired teaching in one of them. (Contains 4 figures and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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