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Saturday, March 22 • 11:00am - 11:45am
Using Online Learning Technology to Improve Social Skills for Individuals with Autism

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Individuals with autism have difficulties interacting in the social world. Unfortunately, interventions designed to improve social skills have had limited success. A new online technology that is gaining empirical support for enhancing learning in many domains involves the use of video game mechanics to create “serious games.” This technology may be especially useful for helping individuals with autism learn about and develop social skills because they can learn to practice new skills in engaging online contexts, without requiring face-to-face interactions with highly trained clinical personnel (e.g., the current model, which is expensive and not accessible to many individuals with autism).

Saturday March 22, 2014 11:00am - 11:45am EDT
Room 108 215 Innovation Blvd State College, PA 16803

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