Children with autism may learn from "Virtual Peers" What is autism?
Children with autism may learn from "Virtual Peers"
What is autism?It is the most common condition in a group of developmental disorders known as the autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Autism is characterized by impaired social interaction, problems with verbal and nonverbal communication, and unusual, repetitive, or severely limited activities and interests. How is autism treated? Some cases are treated by educational/behavioral interventions, such as going to family therapist or a counselor. Others are treated by medications prescribed by doctors. What research is being done? There is many researchers out there that are constantly searching for new ideas, and a professor named Justine Cassell , professor of communication studies and electrical engineering and computer science and director of North western’s Center for Technology and Social Behavior, and researcher Andrea Tartaro have collected data from six children with high-functioning autism aged 7 to 11 as they engage in play during an hour-long session wit a real-life child, and with a virtual peer name Sam. Their over all goal was for the children with autism to generalize the skills they learned in practice sessions with virtual peers to meaningful interactions with real-world children. What the found was children with autism produced more and more "contingent" sentences when they spoke with the virtual peer, while their sentences did not become increasingly contingent when they were paired with the real-life children. So do I feel this is a great idea or is it another brick in the wall. I feel it has some great advantages, like children with autism often like technology, and the virtual peers don't get tired or impatient like a real person would. So yes, I feel that their findings hold promise that virtual peers can be useful in helping children with autism develop communication and social skills, do you?