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Using Serious Game Technology to Improve Social Skills in Autism

The goal of this study is to help ASD adolescents improve social skills during face-to-face interactions. We have designed an immersive computer game to help them learn these skills in a fun way. Adolescents play the game at home 3 times a week for 3 months on a computer that we give you. In order to see how well the game is working to teach them, we have to test it against another game that is similar but teaches other skills. We measure your adolescent’s attention in the lab through computer games and by measuring their eye movements. We invite you to answer questions about their social behavior. We are flexible in how we work with families to accommodate busy schedules (e.g., weekend appointments). Families come to Penn State for three visits. We pay for all travel expenses (mileage, toll, hotel). Families are also compensated up to $450 for their time.

Pending full eligibility, there are 3 in-person visits to the lab spaced 3 months apart from each other. Completing the entire procedure will take slightly more than 6 months. Between the first and second visit, participants will play a version of our game at home 3 times a week for 3 months.

$440 (one remote visit, three in-person visits, and at-home gameplay time)

Kathryn Scherf
Dr. Suzy Scherf - at or 814-204-2272

Younger than 18 years old
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Inclusion Criteria:
10-18 years old
autism spectrum disorder
corrected vision and hearing at normal levels
can speak in full sentences
stable internet connection in the home

Exclusion Criteria:
active seizure disorder in last 2 years
non-native English speaker
Children's Health, Mental & Behavioral Health
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Altoona, PA ,
Harrisburg, PA ,
Hershey, PA ,
State College, PA ,