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A Virtual Environment for Teaching Social Skills: AViSSS
July/August 2009 (vol. 29 no. 4)
pp. 10-16
Justin A. Ehrlich, University of Kansas
James R. Miller, University of Kansas
For typical adolescents, developing appropriate social skills can be difficult. For those with Asperger's syndrome (AS), this task is much more difficult and can be a determining factor in school success. Recent studies indicate that students with AS, who are often visual learners, can learn social skills through computer-based tasks. To help individuals with AS deal with social challenges, researchers have developed the Animated Visual Supports for Social Skills (AViSSS) 3D virtual environment. In AViSSS, a rendering engine aids the rendering of animations, characters, objects, and environments. 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.

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Index Terms:
virtual reality education, virtual classroom, virtual reality, special education, virtual social interaction, computer graphics
Citation:
Justin A. Ehrlich, James R. Miller, "A Virtual Environment for Teaching Social Skills: AViSSS," IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, vol. 29, no. 4, pp. 10-16, July-Aug. 2009, doi:10.1109/MCG.2009.57
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