The impact of technology on people with autism spectrum disorder: A systematic literature review

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Abstract

People with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) tend to enjoy themselves and be engaged when interacting with computers, as these interactions occur in a safe and trustworthy environment. In this paper, we present a systematic literature review on the state of the research on the use of technology to teach people with ASD. We reviewed 94 studies that show how the use of technology in educational contexts helps people with ASD develop several skills, how these approaches consider aspects of user experience, usability and accessibility, and how game elements are used to enrich learning environments. This systematic literature review shows that the development and evaluation of systems and applications for users with ASD is very promising. The use of technological advancements such as virtual agents, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and augmented reality undoubtedly provides a comfortable environment that promotes constant learning for people with ASD.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4485
JournalSensors (Switzerland)
Volume19
Issue number20
DOIs
StatePublished - 2 Oct 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Accessibility
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Game-based learning
  • Systematic literature review
  • User experience

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