4th International ICST Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare

Research Article

Training social problem solving skills in adolescents with high-functioning autism

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/ICST.PERVASIVEHEALTH2010.8807,
        author={Fatima A. Boujarwah and Hwajung Hong and Rosa I. Arriaga and Gregory D. Abowd and Jackie Isbell},
        title={Training social problem solving skills in adolescents with high-functioning autism},
        proceedings={4th International ICST Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare},
        proceedings_a={PERVASIVEHEALTH},
        year={2010},
        month={6},
        keywords={component; Computer-assisted Instruction; Autism;Social Skills Training},
        doi={10.4108/ICST.PERVASIVEHEALTH2010.8807}
    }
    
  • Fatima A. Boujarwah
    Hwajung Hong
    Rosa I. Arriaga
    Gregory D. Abowd
    Jackie Isbell
    Year: 2010
    Training social problem solving skills in adolescents with high-functioning autism
    PERVASIVEHEALTH
    ICST
    DOI: 10.4108/ICST.PERVASIVEHEALTH2010.8807
Fatima A. Boujarwah1,*, Hwajung Hong1,*, Rosa I. Arriaga1,*, Gregory D. Abowd1,*, Jackie Isbell2,*
  • 1: School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA USA
  • 2: College of Education, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA USA.
*Contact email: fatima@gatech.edu, hhong31@gatech.edu, arriaga@gatech.edu, abowd@gatech.edu, jisbell1@student.gsu.edu

Abstract

Adolescents and young adults with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders (HFASD) have very different needs and abilities. Deficits in social skills and executive function, however, are generally considered defining characteristics of HFASD. Deficits in socialization often interfere with these individual's educational experience and quality of life, and explicit instruction is required to help them acquire age-appropriate social skills. We describe an approach to social skills training for adolescents and young adults with HFASD. Our design allows the user to role-play through social scenarios - such as going to the movie theatre - in a way that we believe may lead toward generalization. We also present the findings of an exploratory study in which 8 young adults with HFASD interacted with a prototype system. These findings showed that participants with HFASD respond favorably to the software, and that, in the future it will be important to integrate all aspects of a complete interventions into the software.