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Navigation and exploration of an urban virtual environment by children with autism spectrum disorder compared to children with typical development

Fornasari, Livia ; Chittaro, Luca ; Ieronutti, Lucio ; Cottini, Lucio ; Dassi, Sebastiano ; Cremaschi, Silvana ; Molteni, Massimo ; Fabbro, Franco ; Brambilla, Paolo

Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, August 2013, Vol.7(8), pp.956-965 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Navigation and exploration of an urban virtual environment by children with autism spectrum disorder compared to children with typical development
  • Author/Creator: Fornasari, Livia ; Chittaro, Luca ; Ieronutti, Lucio ; Cottini, Lucio ; Dassi, Sebastiano ; Cremaschi, Silvana ; Molteni, Massimo ; Fabbro, Franco ; Brambilla, Paolo
  • Language: English
  • Subjects: Virtual Reality ; Navigation ; Exploration ; Disability ; Cbcl ; Virtual Reality ; Navigation ; Exploration ; Disability ; Cbcl
  • Is Part Of: Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, August 2013, Vol.7(8), pp.956-965
  • Description: •We analyzed navigation and exploration of an urban virtual environment by children with autism compared to children with typical development.•When the navigation was in an unfamiliar urban environment we found that children with autism spent significantly less time in freely exploration and explored fewer zones than controls.•By repeating the exploration with a game-like goal no differences are instead found between the two groups. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a severe disorder therefore the importance to implement targeted interventions in order to improve daily life of children with ASD. For this purpose, virtual environments (VEs), i.e., simulations of the real world based on 3D computer graphics, can offer a safe learning environment for them. This study analyzed navigation and exploration of an urban VE by children with ASD in comparison to children with a typical development. Sixteen children with ASD and 16 matched control ones were involved. After...
  • Identifier: ISSN: 1750-9467 ; E-ISSN: 1878-0237 ; DOI: 10.1016/j.rasd.2013.04.007