The potential of virtual reality in social skills training for people with autistic spectrum disorders.

@article{Parsons2002ThePO,
  title={The potential of virtual reality in social skills training for people with autistic spectrum disorders.},
  author={Sarah Parsons and Peter Mitchell},
  journal={Journal of intellectual disability research : JIDR},
  year={2002},
  volume={46 Pt 5},
  pages={
          430-43
        }
}
BACKGROUND People with autism experience profound and pervasive difficulties in the social domain. Attempts to teach social behaviours tend to adopt either a behavioural or a 'theory of mind' (ToM) approach. The beneficial aspects and limitations of both paradigms are summarized before an examination of how virtual reality technology may offer a way to combine the strengths from both approaches. METHODS This is not an exhaustive review of the literature; rather, the papers are chosen as… 
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