VL4ASD: Virtual Learning for People With Autistic Spectrum Disorders
We were asked to produce a virtual world in which conversational skills training could take place targeted at young neurodiverse individuals, particularly those with ASD.
We were able to provide the training in four forms via a 3D world: slideshows, videos, questionnaires and chatbot characters / AI narrator characters.
Who we helped:
Dr. Yurgos Politis
Michigan State University (MSU), Department of Counselling, Educational Psychology and Special Education
HIVE-RD was asked to deliver a virtual world with a conservational intervention system for young autistic adults in a virtual world.
- We were able to provide an innovative approach to an educational program of conversational skills training, by adapting our RD_Construct virtual world with new and tailored subsystems related to social skills.
- The platform allowed for two methods of teaching:
- Firstly, the more traditional delivery of training where each trainee and teacher could login to access the virtual world using an avatar (a 3D character).
- Secondly, if the trainee wanted to learn alone, they could access the same virtual environment and use the AI-driven chatbots to improve their conversational skill sets.
- User-friendly methods were provided to the trainee, allowing them to decide when and how they wanted to learn.
‘Involving People with Autism in Development of Virtual World for Provision of Skills Training’
International Journal of E-Learning and Distance Education, (Politis, Olivia, Olivia, & Sung, 2017)