Author(s)

Cathleen Fargo

Date Approved

7-11-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Special Education

Department

Special Educational Services/Instruction

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Xin, Joy

Subject(s)

Autism spectrum disorders;Virtual reality in education

Disciplines

Special Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the effect on using virtual reality for middle school students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) for learning their social conversation skills. Six students participated in the study to learn social skills in a simulated learning environment through six lessons. A multiple-baseline design across students with AB phases was used. The frequency of their initiation, responses to questions, comments, maintaining and closing a conversation, as well as prompt rating scores were recorded to evaluate students' performance. Results showed that the students improved their social skills and liked to learn in such a learning environment.

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