SMART-games: a video game intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
In this paper, we describe the design of a preliminary prototype and pilot results of the SMART-Games suite, a video game intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). The prototype, consisting of a stuffed animal game controller with an on-screen video game, emphasizes empathy and related social skills. The proposed design aims to accommodate users across the autism spectrum through adaptive modules focused on core deficits: sensory and motor skills, imitation and turn-taking, joint attention and theory of mind. Response from the preliminary pilot suggests that the application appeals to the target audience and further development is underway.