Thursday, June 27 • 11:00am - 11:15am
Access Granted: Exploring Videogames as a Therapeutic Tool for Children with Autism

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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting approximately 1 in 88 individuals in the United States. General characteristics of ASD include deficits in verbal and nonverbal communication, social interaction, and restricted and repetitive behaviors and interests. Regardless of ASD symptoms, research indicates that individuals with this disorder prefer to engage with activities they find interesting and motivating.

During this talk research and findings will be presented developed by exploring both how and why individuals with ASD choose and interact with technology, especially popular media such as video games and the perceptions of their parents about games and related technologies. Attendees to this session will gain insight on how, and why games might be effective for children with Autism and the best paths to successfully addressing Autism populations with games.


Ben Hickerson

Penn State University
Penn State University

Thursday June 27, 2013 11:00am - 11:15am
Room D: Freedom Room

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