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Animated Visual Supports for Social Skills (AViSSS)  

The goal of this project is to develop a virtual reality technology in the form of computer-assisted, photo realistically animated simulations to augment social skills interventions for school-age children and youth with mild to severe autism spectrum disorders. This Phase 1 Development Project will write 10 social narrative 'scenarios,' which will then be imported into programmed finite machine-state packages. These packages will allow users to select a social predicament, witness it unfolding, and make a response or series of responses. The nature of the user's response will tell the computer to change states, resulting in a follow-up scenario, user response, and change-in-state. Social narratives will be drawn from a panel of content experts who will generate and confirm social narrative content as well as 'mark up' such social characteristics as hand/arm gestures, facial expressions, and vocal features. These simulations can be animated with photorealistic human characters that will move and interact in three dimensional (virtual) reality. Project Status


Funder Department of Education
Fiscal Year Funding $28,571.00
Current Award Period 2009-2013
Project Number H327A070051
Principal Investigator Smith, Sean
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 4: Which Treatments And Interventions Will Help? (Treatments)
Subcategory Technology-Based Interventions and Supports
Strategic Plan Objective 4O. Not specific to Question 4 objectives
Federal or Private? Federal
Institution University of Kansas Medical Center Research Institute, Inc.
State/Country Kansas
Web Link 1 Animated Visual Supports for Social Skills (AViSSS) (External web link)
Web Link 2 No URL available.
Web Link 3 No URL available.
History/Related Projects Animated Visual Supports for Social Skills (AViSSS) | $0.00 | 2011 | H327A070051