Virtual reality enabled training for social adaptation in inclusive education settings for school-aged children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

Horace H.S. Ip, Simpson W.L. Wong, Dorothy F.Y. Chan, Julia Byrne, Chen Li, Vanessa S.N. Yuan, Kate S.Y. Lau, Joe Y.W. Wong

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The transition from kindergarten to primary school tends to be challenging for children with special needs. These children may benefit from relevant training in advance or in addition to school, yet it is challenging to support such training in an authentic, safe and controllable environment. In this paper, we present a Virtual Reality (VR) enabled system to facilitate social adaptation training for school-aged children with clinical or suspected diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in the inclusive education setting. Six unique VR training scenarios with corresponding training protocols are designed, implemented and being delivered to over 100 school-aged children with normal-ranged IQ (IQ > 70) via a 4-side fully immersive CAVE™ VR installation in 28 sessions (14 weeks). Preliminary results indicate that after training completion, children show significant improvements in three major designated aspects, including emotion recognition, affective expression and social reciprocity.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBlended Learning
Subtitle of host publicationAligning Theory with Practices - 9th International Conference, ICBL 2016, Proceedings
EditorsJunjie Shang, Aihua Wang, Reggie Kwan, Lam-for Kwok, Simon K.S. Cheung
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9783319411644
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event9th International Conference on Blended Learning, ICBL 2016 - Beijing, China
Duration: 19 Jul 201621 Jul 2016

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference9th International Conference on Blended Learning, ICBL 2016


  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Inclusive education
  • Social adaptation
  • Virtual reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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