Producing Virtual Worlds for the Rehabilitation of Disabled People (Simulating Shopping for Autistic Children)By Lanyi, Cecilia Sik; Tilinger, Adam; Assistive Technology - Shaping the Future: AAATE 2003 Conference Proceedings, Vol. 11, No. 1, pp. 633-636
Publication Date: 2003
Paper discusses the development of a virtual reality software package to help children who are autistic to acquire life skills. The package includes a Virtual Shop designed to promote consumer skills. The Virtual Shop project builds on children’s visual perception, as it applies symbol cards and an audio/visual virtual environment. A shopping list, which can be heard out loud, is displayed on the lower left-hand corner of the computer screen. This use of speech, in conjunction with visual support, helps to integrate the user to utilize both visual and verbal comprehension skills. At the time the paper was composed, the authors were in the process of investigating the program’s overall usability, including user enjoyment, learning, and transfer of skills from the virtual reality world to the real world.
Published by: IOS Press (Website:http://www.iospress.nl)
Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE) (Web Site: http://www.aaate.net )