|Title||A proposed framework of an interactive semi-virtual environment for enhanced education of children with autism spectrum disorders|
|Publication Type||Conference Proceedings|
|Year of Conference||2009|
|Authors||Konstantinidis, Evdokimos, Luneski Andrej, Frantzidis Christos A., Pappas Konstantinos, and Bamidis Panagiotis|
|Conference Name||2009 22nd IEEE International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems|
Education of people with special needs has recently been considered as a key element in the field of medical education. Recent development in the area of information and communication technologies may enable development of collaborative interactive environments which facilitate early stage education and provide specialists with robust tools indicating the person's autism spectrum disorder level. Towards the goal of establishing an enhanced learning environment for children with autism this paper attempts to provide a framework of a semi-controlled real-world environment used for the daily education of an autistic person according to the scenarios selected by the specialists. The proposed framework employs both real-world objects and virtual environments equipped with humanoids able to provide emotional feedback and to demonstrate empathy. Potential examples and usage scenarios for such environments are also described.