Abstract

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a long-standing mental condition characterized by hindered mental growth and development. In 2018, 168 out of 10,000 children are said to be affected with Autism in the USA. As these children move to adulthood, they have difficulty in communicating with others, expressing themselves, maintaining eye contact, developing a well-functioning motor skill or sensory sensitivity, and paying attention for longer period. Some of these abnormalities, however, can be gradually improved if they are treated appropriately during their adulthood. Studies have shown that people with ASD can enhance their social-interactive skills by playing video games. During the past decades, however, educational games have been primarily developed for autistic children, but not for autistic adults. We have developed a gaming and recommendation system that suggests therapeutic games to autistic adults which can improve their social-interactive skills. The gaming system maintains the entertainment value of the games, to make sure people are interested in playing them, whereas the recommendation system suggests appropriate games for autistic adults to play. Customizable games are designed and implemented in Minecraft such that each game focuses on enhancing different weakness areas in autistic adults based on games that the users have not explored in the past. The effectiveness of the gaming and recommendation system is backed up by an empirical study which shows that recommending therapeutic games can aid in the improvement of social-interactive skills of adults with ASD so that they can live a better life in the years to come.

Degree

MS

College and Department

Physical and Mathematical Sciences; Computer Science

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Date Submitted

2019-11-01

Document Type

Thesis

Keywords

autism, adults, game development, recommendation system

Language

english

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