A virtual environment for teaching social skills: AViSSS

Justin A. Ehrlich, James R. Miller

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For typical adolescents, developing appropriate social skills can be difficult. For those with Asperger's syndrome (AS), this task is much more difficult and can be a determining factor in school success. Recent studies indicate that students with AS, who are often visual learners, can learn social skills through computer-based tasks. To help individuals with AS deal with social challenges, researchers have developed the Animated Visual Supports for Social Skills (AViSSS) 3D virtual environment. In AViSSS, a rendering engine aids the rendering of animations, characters, objects, and environments. As students interact in the virtual environment, AViSSS presents them with various situations and possible responses. Each response delivers a different simulated result, along with an explanation of the choice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10-16
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Computer Graphics and Applications
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 14 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Animation
  • Computer graphics
  • Engines
  • Games
  • Object oriented modeling
  • Rendering (computer graphics)
  • Special education
  • Three dimensional displays
  • Virtual classroom
  • Virtual reality
  • Virtual reality education
  • Virtual social interaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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