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A Virtual Environment for Teaching Social Skills: AViSSS

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2 Author(s)
Ehrlich, J.A. ; Dept. of Electr. Eng. & Comput. Sci., Univ. of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, USA ; Miller, J.R.

For typical adolescents, developing appropriate social skills can be difficult. For those with Asperger's syndrome (AS), this task is much more difficult and can be a determining factor in school success. Recent studies indicate that students with AS, who are often visual learners, can learn social skills through computer-based tasks. To help individuals with AS deal with social challenges, researchers have developed the Animated Visual Supports for Social Skills (AViSSS) 3D virtual environment. In AViSSS, a rendering engine aids the rendering of animations, characters, objects, and environments. As students interact in the virtual environment, AViSSS presents them with various situations and possible responses. Each response delivers a different simulated result, along with an explanation of the choice.

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Computer Graphics and Applications, IEEE  (Volume:29 ,  Issue: 4 )