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Using Virtual Environments for Teaching Social Understanding to 6 Adolescents with Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Study: 
Mitchell, P., Parsons, S. & Leonard, A., (2007), Using Virtual Environments for Teaching Social Understanding to 6 Adolescents with Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 37(3), 589-600.
Design: 
Mitchel et al, 2007, examined the use of virtual environments to teach social skills to adolescents with autism. The results showed a potential for Ves to help teach social skills.

Six teenagers with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) experienced a Virtual Environment (VE) of a café. They also watched three sets of videos of real cafés and buses and judged where they would sit and explained why. Half of the participants received their VE experience between the first and second sets of videos, and half experienced it between the second and third. Ten naïve raters independently coded participants’ judgments and reasoning. In direct relation to the timing of VE use, there were several instances of significant improvement in judgments and explanations about where to sit, both in a video of a café and a bus. The results demonstrate the potential of Virtual Reality for teaching social skills.