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Pilot study using practical human dynamics acquisition system in social skills training for children with autism spectrum disorder

[Speaker] Yamamoto, Tomoka:1
[Co-author] Tatsumi, Aika:1, Okuno, Hiroko:1,2, Mohri, Ikuko:1,2, Taniike, Masako:1,2
1:Molecular Research Center for Children's Mental Development,Osaka University (Japan), 2:United Graduate School of Child Development, Osaka University (Japan)

In order to examine the effect of social skills training (SST) on children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), direct observation methods have been utilized in previous studies. In this study, we report the case of a 9-year-old boy in which the level of communication was observed through a Business Microscope System (BMS) during SST sessions. The SST group consisted of 5 ASD children (aged 7-10). Free play time was implemented each session, all children and staff wore a BMS, and communication data was acquired. We observed that he walked around aimlessly during the early period but started to play with others from the midway period. The level of communication measured by BMS increased in the later periods compared to the early period. The usefulness of BMS for examining changes in children is discussed. We can know easily the level of communication by using BMS in SST.
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