VIRTUAL REALITY A PRAGMATIC TECHNIQUE FOR MULTI SENSORY STORY TELLING TO IMPROVE THE SOCIAL COMMUNICATION OF CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

Abstract
Student with special needs often encounter problems where they lack their basic needed skill. These kids face challenges in interacting with the society. These kids often have a low level of social communication. The purpose of this proposed research is to investigate the effectiveness of Multi-Sensory Storytelling (MSST) to improve the social communication of children with special needs/Multiple Disabilities (MD) using technically advanced Virtual Reality (VR) and Computational Intelligence tools. This proposed research work is mainly focusing on age group of 6-10 years old children with special needs. Their levels of communication and life skills have been assessed by standard pre assessment intervention. Based on that customized training strategies on MSST have been formulated using VR techniques and Artificial Intelligent Methods. The experimental sessions have been planned to conduct for a time period of 60mins session for alternate days for twelve weeks course of the duration. The progresses of the customized training programs have been validated through post assessment interventions. The result indicated that among the kids of 20% girls and 80% of boys and the outcomes found to have a gradual improvement (27%) in their social communication with advance technology supported multi-sensory storytelling method. This research work demonstrated by a controlled group of children with autism and their level of improvement has been witnessed. This research work makes the children who live in their own world to lead a normal child; it makes us to treat them both physically and mentally as normal kids to do their day-to-day activities

Authors
S Prabakar1, K Porkumaran2, S Ramanan3,K Cheranmadevi4
Dr. N.G.P. Institute of Technology, India1, Dr. N.G.P. Institute of Technology, Coimbatore, India2, National Institute for Empowerment of Person with Multiple Disabilities (NIEPMD), Chennai, India3, National Institute for Empowerment of Persons with Multiple Disabilities (NIEPMD), Chennai, India4

Keywords
Multiple Disabilities, Special Kids, Multi-Sensory Storytelling, Virtual Reality, Computational Intelligence
Published By :
ICTACT
Published In :
ICTACT Journal on Soft Computing
( Volume: 11 , Issue: 2 )
Date of Publication :
January 2021
DOI :

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