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Cyberpsychol Behav. 2006 Apr;9(2):213-7.

Simulating social interaction to address deficits of autistic spectrum disorder in children.

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Department of Psychology, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC 20064, USA. trepagnier@CUA.edu

Abstract

Autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) is diagnosed on the basis of impairment in reciprocal social interaction and language, and rigidity of behavior. This brief paper describes the development of an experimental intervention for preschool children newly diagnosed with ASD. The rationale for this intervention is the hypothesis that failure to attend to social cues in very early life, of itself, may bear a large share of responsibility for core social and communicative deficits. The intervention, therefore, uses eye-tracking to monitor and trigger rewards for attention to facial expression and direction of gaze.

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16640482
DOI:
10.1089/cpb.2006.9.213
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