Avatar Animation Software For
Social Skills, Speech and Language Therapy
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SiLAS incorporates video game controllers and headset microphones to control 2D cartoon characters that express emotions.
SiLAS has a multitude of applications specific to teaching individual speech and language skills. SiLAS promotes interest in learning and provides students with the visual and auditory feedback they need to store those skills in long term memory. Most importantly SiLAS provides students with the opportunity to correct their own answers and assess their own performance. Overall, We have observed a significant increase interest in technology based programs in the field of speech and language pathology.
Humans are social beings, having conversations, making friendships and communities. Social interaction is the key to our happiness. By definition, children with Autism Spectrum Disorder struggle to be socially appropriate and connected. If offered the opportunity to socialize through an avatar, we have found that children with ASD are motivated socially. This insight has been the impetus behind the creation of SiLAS (Socially Interactive Learning Avatar Software) for Social Skills. Through our presentation “Autism, Avatars, and Alleviating Social Skills Disorders” we will explore how avatars give special learners the opportunity to step outside themselves to utilize and practice the skills needed to be successful socially.