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A proposed framework of an interactive semi-virtual environment for enhanced education of children with autism spectrum disorders

Konstantinidis, Evdokimos I., Luneski, Andrej, Frantzidis, Christos A., Pappas, Costas and Bamidis, Panagiotis D. (2009) A proposed framework of an interactive semi-virtual environment for enhanced education of children with autism spectrum disorders. In: Computer-Based Medical Systems, 2009. CBMS 2009. 22nd IEEE International Symposium on. Computer-Based Medical Systems, 2009. CBMS 2009, 3-4 August, 2009, Albuquerque, NM, USA. IEEE , pp. 1-6. ISBN 978-1-4244-4879-1

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Education of people with special needs has recently been considered as a key element in the field of medical education. Recent development in the area of information and communication technologies may enable development of collaborative interactive environments which facilitate early stage education and provide specialists with robust tools indicating the person's autism spectrum disorder level. Towards the goal of establishing an enhanced learning environment for children with autism this paper attempts to provide a framework of a semi-controlled real-world environment used for the daily education of an autistic person according to the scenarios selected by the specialists. The proposed framework employs both real-world objects and virtual environments equipped with humanoids able to provide emotional feedback and to demonstrate empathy. Potential examples and usage scenarios for such environments are also described.

Item Type: Proceedings Paper
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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: 15 Jul 2010 15:41
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:00
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/CBMS.2009.5255414
Status: Published
Publisher: IEEE
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1109/CBMS.2009.5255414
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/11045

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