ERIC Number: EJ944067
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
Avatar Assistant: Improving Social Skills in Students with an ASD through a Computer-Based Intervention
Hopkins, Ingrid Maria; Gower, Michael W.; Perez, Trista A.; Smith, Dana S.; Amthor, Franklin R.; Wimsatt, F. Casey; Biasini, Fred J.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v41 n11 p1543-1555 Nov 2011
This study assessed the efficacy of "FaceSay," a computer-based social skills training program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). This randomized controlled study (N = 49) indicates that providing children with low-functioning autism (LFA) and high functioning autism (HFA) opportunities to practice attending to eye gaze, discriminating facial expressions and recognizing faces and emotions in FaceSay's structured environment with interactive, realistic avatar assistants improved their social skills abilities. The children with LFA demonstrated improvements in two areas of the intervention: emotion recognition and social interactions. The children with HFA demonstrated improvements in all three areas: facial recognition, emotion recognition, and social interactions. These findings, particularly the measured improvements to social interactions in a natural environment, are encouraging.
Descriptors: Intervention, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Social Development, Interpersonal Competence, Computer Assisted Instruction, Educational Technology, Children, Eye Movements, Visual Discrimination, Emotional Response, Drills (Practice), Interaction
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