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Virtual worlds for people with autism spectrum disorder: a case study in Second Life

Stendal, Karen and Balandin, Susan 2015, Virtual worlds for people with autism spectrum disorder: a case study in Second Life, Disability and rehabilitation, vol. 37, no. 17, pp. 1591-1598.

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Title Virtual worlds for people with autism spectrum disorder: a case study in Second Life
Author(s) Stendal, Karen
Balandin, SusanORCID iD for Balandin, Susan orcid.org/0000-0003-4765-8232
Journal name Disability and rehabilitation
Volume number 37
Issue number 17
Start page 1591
End page 1598
Total pages 8
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1464-5165
Keyword(s) Asperger’s
autism
autism spectrum disorder
social media
virtual worlds
Asperger's
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Rehabilitation
AAC OPTIONS
COMMUNICATION
DISABILITIES
ADULTS
Summary PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to explore the use of virtual worlds by people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), with a particular focus on the virtual world Second Life™. METHOD: Case study methodology was selected to explore the experiences of Wolf, a participant with ASD, in Second Life. Wolf participated in three in-depth interviews. The interviews were analyzed using a content analysis to identify themes and sub-themes. RESULTS: Analysis identified four main themes: social factors and communication, empowerment, virtual world versus physical world, and social cues and body language. CONCLUSION: Anecdotally Wolf's experiences suggest that people with ASD enjoy using a virtual world and may feel more comfortable communicating in the virtual world context than the physical world. Virtual worlds offer a venue for people with ASD to be a part of a virtual society, lowers communication barriers experienced in the physical world, and gives the participant a unique opportunity to create and maintain friendships. Virtual worlds offer an arena for people with ASD to meet their peers on equal terms, not being dependent on social cues, which in the physical world can be a barrier for communication for this group. Further research in this area is required. Implications for Rehabiliation People with autism spectrum disorder enjoy using a virtual world and may feel more comfortable communicating in the virtual world context than the physical world. Virtual worlds offer a venue for people with autism spectrum disorder to be a part of a virtual society. Virtual worlds offer an arena for people with autism spectrum disorder to meet their peers on equal terms, not being dependent on social cues, which in the physical world can be a barrier for this group.
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920299 Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30077911

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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