Augmented reality for autistic children to enhance their understanding of facial expressions

Mohammad Wedyan, Jannat Falah, Ryan Alturki, Irini Giannopulu, Salsabeel F.M. Alfalah, Omar Elshaweesh, Adel Al-Jumaily

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Abstract

Difficulty in understanding the feelings and behavior of other people is considered one of the main symptoms of autism. Computer technology has increasingly been used in interventions with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), especially augmented reality, to either treat or alleviate ASD symptomatology. Augmented reality is an engaging type of technology that helps children interact easily and understand and remember information, and it is not limited to one age group or level of education. This study utilized AR to display faces with six different basic facial expressions— happiness, sadness, surprise, fear, disgust, and anger—to help children to recognize facial features and associate facial expressions with a simultaneous human condition. The most important point of this system is that children can interact with the system in a friendly and safe way. Additionally, our results showed the system enhanced social interactions, talking, and facial expressions for both autistic and typical children. Therefore, AR might have a significant upcoming role in talking about the therapeutic necessities of children with ASD. This paper presents evidence for the feasibility of one of the specialized AR systems.

Original languageEnglish
Article number48
Number of pages17
JournalMultimodal Technologies and Interaction
Volume5
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021

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