Estudos Preliminares com Ferramentasde Realidade Aumentada para Ajudar em Tarefas Psicopedagógicas com Crianças Pertencentes ao Transtorno do Espectro Autista (Preliminary Studies With Augmented Reality Tool To Help In Psycho-pedagogical Tasks With Children Belonging To Autism Spectrum Disorder)

Kerolayne Paiva Soares (, Aquiles Medeiros Filgueira Burlamaqui (, Luiz Marcos Garcia Gonçalves (, Viviane Ferreira da Costa (, Maria Edna Cunha (, Akynara Aglaé Rodrigues Santos da Silva Burlamaqui (

1Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte; Instituto Federal de Educação Ciência e Tecnologia do Piauí
2Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte
3Escola Estadual de 1º Grau Hermógenes Nogueira da Costa
4Universidade Federal Rural do Semi-Árido

This paper appears in: Revista IEEE América Latina

Publication Date: Oct. 2017
Volume: 15,   Issue: 10 
ISSN: 1548-0992

The paper aims to show current efforts done towards the development of a tool for helping children affected with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We introduce the use of Augmented Reality-based tools, basically the Google Cardboard head-mounted display, in psycho-pedagogical tasks and tests performed with these children. We analysed the relationships about the possible increasing in executive functions when they have their facial processing cushioned by using the Google cardboard and looking into the real world just like a cartoon. This initial study provides evidences towards verifying that these children have a particular interest when real faces are covered with cartoon faces. The achieved results suggest that the proposed environment helps to increasing the performance of children in psycho-pedagogical tasks and that it can be a useful tool for helping professional educators in their tasks of giving a better support to these children in the development of their executive functions

Index Terms:
Autism, Augmented Reality, Google Cardboard, Executive Functions, Facial Processing   

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