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Project Title

Project Title

Phase 2: Animated Visual Support for Social Support (AViSSS); An interactive virtual experience for social skill development

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Smith, Sean

Description

Description

This project will conduct a rigorous experimental study of the 'Animated Visual Supports for Social Skills' (AViSSS) for students with autism spectrum disorder, grades six through nine, to improve their social skill development. AViSSS is a virtual 3D environment, and 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. The overall goal is to help students with disabilities meet the challenges of improving their social skill development for enhanced access to content-based instruction and the general education curriculum. METHOD: Activities of this project include: (a) recruiting students for the study; (b) evaluating students using both quantitative and qualitative measures; (c) conducting the research in classrooms in both Ohio and Kansas; (d) comparing AViSSS to traditional social narratives using text and 2D visuals; and (e) establishing relationships with education publishers in an effort to disseminate AViSSS to as many classrooms as possible.

Funder

Funder

Department of Education

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

0

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2011-2015

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 4: Which Treatments And Interventions Will Help?

Strategic Plan Objective

Strategic Plan Objective

4O. Not specific to Question 4 objectives

Project Link

Project Link

Phase 2: Animated Visual Support for Social Support (AViSSS); An interactive virtual experience for social skill development (External web link)

Institution

Institution

University of Kansas

State/Country

State/Country

Kansas

Project Number

Project Number

H327A110062

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Federal

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Phase 2: Animated Visual Support for Social Support (AViSSS); An interactive virtual experience for social skill development | 248001 | 2011 | H327A110062
Phase 2: Animated Visual Support for Social Support (AViSSS); An interactive virtual experience for social skill development | 299411 | 2012 | H327A110062
Phase 2: Animated Visual Support for Social Support (AViSSS); An interactive virtual experience for social skill development | 0 | 2013 | H327A110062
Phase 2: Animated Visual Support for Social Support (AViSSS); An interactive virtual experience for social skill development | 0 | 2014 | H327A110062

 
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