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A Virtual Reality System for Practicing Conversation Skills for Children with Autism

Schmid College of Science and Technology, Chapman University, Orange, CA 92866, USA
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Multimodal Technologies Interact. 2019, 3(2), 28; https://doi.org/10.3390/mti3020028
Received: 20 March 2019 / Revised: 12 April 2019 / Accepted: 17 April 2019 / Published: 20 April 2019
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Abstract

We describe a virtual reality environment, Bob’s Fish Shop, which provides a system where users diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can practice social interactions in a safe and controlled environment. A case study is presented which suggests such an environment can provide the opportunity for users to build the skills necessary to carry out a conversation without the fear of negative social consequences present in the physical world. Through the repetition and analysis of these virtual interactions, users can improve social and conversational understanding. View Full-Text
Keywords: assistive technology; virtual reality; autism; communication skills; conversation skills assistive technology; virtual reality; autism; communication skills; conversation skills
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Stewart Rosenfield, N.; Lamkin, K.; Re, J.; Day, K.; Boyd, L.; Linstead, E. A Virtual Reality System for Practicing Conversation Skills for Children with Autism. Multimodal Technologies Interact. 2019, 3, 28.

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