Date of Award

Fall 12-20-2018

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Special Education

Department

Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Renee Harmon

Abstract

Study Abstract

Title: Using Virtual Reality Devices with Autistic Students in High School to Teach Social Communication Skills

Proposed Study:

The purpose of this research is to determine whether using virtual reality to teach social skills will improve the conversation skills of high school students with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Specifically, the study will look at the conversation skills of ASD students by monitoring their performance on greeting, conversation, and closing skills in conversations prior to, during, and after the instruction. The aim of this study is to determine if the face to face communication skills of the participants will improve when the student is immersed in the virtual world. The study will be conducted during the students’ social skills class, and individual progress will be monitored by teachers with the use of checklists.

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