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Technology Simulations Can Improve Social Skills in Autism

Technology Simulations Improve  Social Skills in Autism New research suggests simulated interactions in which adults with autism converse with a virtual partner may help them develop better social interaction skills.

According to experts, more than half of individuals diagnosed with autism have normal intellectual capabilities yet struggle in social and work environments because of their severely impaired abilities to interact and converse with others.

Researchers report that adults with autism who participated in a prototype conversation simulation program responded positively to the experience, supporting the quality and usefulness of the simulation.

In the article, “Virtual Conversation Partner for Adults with Autism,” the authors describe a simulated environment in which participants with autism who are not otherwise intellectually disabled interact with virtual partners, are given onscreen dialog options, and are scored on their ability to initiate, maintain, and conclude a pleasant conversation on a variety of topics.

“Over the past two decades, simulations have proven effective at helping people with a variety of physical and mental disorders. This new application could make it so many with Autism Spectrum Disorder could function more effectively in the larger world,” says Brenda K. Wiederhold, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief of Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.

The study is presented in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.

Source: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News

Technology Simulations Can Improve Social Skills in Autism

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Technology Simulations Can Improve Social Skills in Autism. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 19, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2011/03/21/technology-simulations-can-improve-social-skills-in-autism/24522.html

 

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