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Information and communication technologies (ICT) for enhanced education of children with autism spectrum disorders

Konstantinidis , Evdokimos I., Luneski, Andrej, Frantzidis, Christos A. , Nikolaidou, Maria, Hitoglou-Antoniadou, Magda and Bamidis, Panagiotis D. (2009) Information and communication technologies (ICT) for enhanced education of children with autism spectrum disorders. The Journal on Information Technology in Healthcare, 7 (5). pp. 284-292.

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Abstract

Recent developments in the area of information and communication technologies for people with special needs has led to significant changes in the way specialists and educators can address the daily impairments posed by people with abnormal behaviour, such as autism. Computer based educative methods are increasingly being considered as a key tool for educating people with autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs). Recent research has demonstrated that persons with autism, especially children, enjoy interacting with computers particularly as they are free from the expectations and judgments that make social interaction problematic. Virtual Environments (VEs), usually accompanied by three dimensional (3D) humanoid characters have been proven to play an essential role in special education and social interventions. Emotionally expressive avatars (a computer user’s representation of himself/ herself or alter ego), can advance the quality of tutor-learner interaction, with unobtrusive wireless sensors integrating an autistic person’s feedback and reaction. In this paper we review some developments in information and communication technology (ICT) for managing children with ASDs and also describe the approach we are taking to developing a platform to enhance and mediate the teacher-child educational process.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © The Journal on Information Technology in Healthcare 2009.
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > University of Sheffield Research Centres and Institutes > South East European Research Centre (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Mr Andrej Luneski
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2010 10:16
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:01
Published Version: http://www.hl7.org.tw/jith/pdf/JITH_Volume_7,_Issu...
Status: Published
Publisher: Health Level Seven
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/11044

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