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Project Element Element Description

Project Title

Project Title

Virtual environment for social information processing (VESIP)

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Knudsen, Keith

Description

Description

This project creates an immersive, theory-based tool that can assess and eventually train, social information processing (SIP) skills in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). This tool leverages existing technology to rapidly create a virtual environment where children with ASD can participate in simulated social interactions. The virtual environment for social information processing (VESIP) system provides an environmental guide for children with ASD through social problem-solving situations based on the seminal Crick and Dodge SIP model. The VESIP system provides a significant improvement over existing measures of social skills in the following ways: (1) providing a standardized, computer-delivered form that reduces training requirements and scoring time, and increases comparability across populations; (2) theory-based assessments designed to pinpoint specific deficits in the SIP process for later individualized intervention; and (3) building an immersive, easily-customizable, game-like interface that is more engaging leading to greater ecological validity and a more accurate assessment of real-world skills. The VESIP for children with ASD provides significant social benefits by improving children’s social competency and independence in educational, recreational, and employment settings and improving long-term social functioning.

Funder

Funder

Department of Education

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

0

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2010-2011

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

Virtual environment for social information processing (VESIP) (External web link)

Institution

Institution

Soar Technology, Inc.

State/Country

State/Country

Michigan

Project Number

Project Number

H133S100019

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Federal

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Virtual Environment for Social Information Processing (VESIP) Phase II | 335758 | 2011 | H133S110048
Virtual Environment for Social Information Processing (VESIP) Phase II | 163841 | 2012 | H133S110048
Virtual Environment for Social Information Processing (VESIP) Phase II | 0 | 2013 | H133S110048
Virtual environment for social information processing (VESIP) | 74964 | 2010 | H133S100019

 
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