Case Study: ASD Virtual Social Skills

VL4ASD: Virtual Learning for People With Autistic Spectrum Disorders

The Solution:

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

Project objective:

HIVE-RD was asked to deliver a virtual world with a conservational intervention system for young autistic adults in a virtual world.

Benefits Delivered:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. User-friendly methods were provided to the trainee, allowing them to decide when and how they wanted to learn.

Research paper:
‘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)

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