Study: Computer games useful in children’s autism research

Research has shown that people with autism seem to have a natural affinity for computer games and technology. Vesa Korhonen from the University of Eastern Finland has studied how methods used in games and IT can open up new possibilities for the study of autistic children.

Korhonen’s doctoral dissertation, entitled High support need and minimally verbal children with autism – exploration of technology-based research methodology and the case of attending to eyes, was examined at the Joensuu Campus of the University on Friday.

His research argues that observations of autistic children would glean a much more comprehensive understanding of their subjects’ behaviour if they would take advantage of platforms in which the children feel comfortable and show an interest: in this case, information and communications technology (ICT) and digital technologies.

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10th February 2017