The Effectiveness of Technology-Based Intervention in Improving Emotion Recognition Through Facial Expression in People with Autism Spectrum Disorder: a Systematic Review

Shuk Ching Clara Lee, Stephen H.F. Lam, Sally T.K. Tsang, Cheong M.C. Yuen, Carmen K.M. Ng

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The use of technology in intervention is not uncommon for improving emotion recognition of individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The purpose of this paper is to examine the effectiveness of technology-based interventions in emotion recognition in people with ASD. After searching six electronic databases, 15 studies published from 2000 to 2016 were yielded and reviewed. Eight technology-based interventions for improving emotion recognition skills in people with ASD were identified. Overall, this review provides preliminary evidence that the use of technology-based intervention with coach support and emphasis on facial features can improve emotion recognition in children and adolescents with ASD. Factors which need to be considered in order to confirm the effectiveness of various intervention programs were discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-104
Number of pages14
JournalReview Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2018


  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Emotion recognition
  • Intervention
  • Technology-based

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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