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Facial Expression Computer Interaction System for Children with Asperger's Syndrome

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Date Issued:
2010
Abstract/Description:
People with Autism Spectrum Disorders, particularly Asperger's Syndrome, have a set of symptoms, such as difficulty processing emotive facial expressions and making less eye contact, that affect the individual's social interactions. The prototype developed is geared to help children with Asperger's Syndrome recognize facial expressions, improve eye contact, and to reinforce connections between facial and verbal components of expressions. This application utilizes a computer generated human head, an avatar, to interact with the children while displaying various emotions and using games to increase the children's eye contact. The unique properties of the avatar utilized allow for a comprehensive coverage of the children's attention spectrum to maximize their learning potential. Knowing that about 17% of Autism Spectrum Disorders belong to the Asperger's Syndrome subclass, the positive impact of this application on their life would be of great importance for their families and the community.
Title: Facial Expression Computer Interaction System for Children with Asperger's Syndrome.
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Name(s): Amador, Francisco Javier
Huang, Shihong, Thesis advisor
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Date Created: 2010
Date Issued: 2010
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 54 p.
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: People with Autism Spectrum Disorders, particularly Asperger's Syndrome, have a set of symptoms, such as difficulty processing emotive facial expressions and making less eye contact, that affect the individual's social interactions. The prototype developed is geared to help children with Asperger's Syndrome recognize facial expressions, improve eye contact, and to reinforce connections between facial and verbal components of expressions. This application utilizes a computer generated human head, an avatar, to interact with the children while displaying various emotions and using games to increase the children's eye contact. The unique properties of the avatar utilized allow for a comprehensive coverage of the children's attention spectrum to maximize their learning potential. Knowing that about 17% of Autism Spectrum Disorders belong to the Asperger's Syndrome subclass, the positive impact of this application on their life would be of great importance for their families and the community.
Identifier: FA00012503 (IID)
Degree granted: Thesis (M.S.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2010.
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): College of Engineering and Computer Science
Subject(s): Autism spectrum disorders--Treatment--Technological innovations
Optical pattern recognition
Interpersonal communication in children
Emotions in children
Exceptional children--Psychology
Social skills in children
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Sublocation: Digital Library
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