Neurohab: a platform for virtual training of daily living skills in autism spectrum disorder



Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that besides the core symptoms of impairment in
communication, social interaction and repetitive behaviour, seriously compromises adaptive functioning limiting social inclusion.
A number of studies also support executive dysfunction in ASD, although its specificity remains controversial. Furthermore,
recent studies point to the relevance of ecologically valid executive tasks that match patient’s daily lives and therefore address the
correlation with social cognition and learning of adaptive behaviour. These disabilities are usually addressed in rehabilitation
therapies, usually performed in a scheme of one therapist for individual, having high costs for the individuals and patient
associations in human resources. This usually results in lesser hours of intervention, leading to lesser impact of the behaviour
training. To avoid this impact, some technological responses have been arising in the literature to perform training of individuals
with ASD, although lacking scientific validity. In this work, we propose a platform for training daily activities in controlled
environments, which allow caregivers and therapists to follow the patients’ performances and improvements along the time. This
platform contains several serious games, which target specific adaptive and executive dysfunctions. Games can be added to the
platform and become automatically available for the users.


HCIST 2014 - International Conference on Health and Social Care Information Systems and Technologies 2014

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