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Zirkus Empathico: Mobile Training of Socio-Emotional Competences for Children with Autism

Dietmar Zoerner, Jan Schütze, Simone Kirst, Isabel Dziobek, Ulrike Lucke


The aim of the mobile app "Zirkus Empathico" is to strengthen socio-emotional competences in pre-and primary school children. It's holistic and natural training concept is based on current results of empathy research. Pilot testing of the app revealed it's good usability and comprehensibility. The effectiveness of "Zirkus Empathico" is currently investigated in a longitudinal clinical study with children aged 5 to 10.