A Review of Serious Games for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Hanan Makki Zakari, Minhua Ma, David Simmons

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This paper reviews 40 serious games designed for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and these games/studies are classified into four categories; technology platform, computer graphics, gaming aspect and user interaction. Moreover, the paper discusses serious games designed for the improvement of communication skills and social behavior, social conversation, imaginative skills, sensory integration and learning accounts in ASD children. The children usually interact with these games by ordinary IO (input/output) e.g. keyboard and mouse or touchscreen tools. Previous researches show the effectiveness of playing serious games on mobiles or tablet devices in helping ASD children to express their feelings and improve the level of engagement with others. However, there are limitations in designing games for helping autistic children with sensory processing disorder (SPD), improving imaginative play, and teaching first aid. Further, there is not much research that addresses repetitive behavior in ASD children.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSerious Games Development and Applications
Subtitle of host publication5th International Conference, SGDA 2014, Proceedings
EditorsMinhua Ma, Manuel Fradinho Oliveira, Jannicke Baalsrud Hauge
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9783319116235
ISBN (Print)9783319116228
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event5th International Conference Serious Games Development and Applications  - Berlin, Germany
Duration: 9 Oct 201410 Oct 2014
Conference number: 5

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)03029743
ISSN (Electronic)16113349


Conference5th International Conference Serious Games Development and Applications 
Abbreviated titleSGDA 2014


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