Stories in Motion takes traditional storytelling and transforms it into an interactive web-based social intervention designed to help upper elementary students with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders. These students face unique challenges with social skills, and their ability to master such skills can have long-reaching effects on their ability to learn.
Stories in Motion uses narrative generation software for creating personalized stories around challenging social scenarios. Students will be able to view each story as an animated video and in comic book format. This intervention will include 12 social stories, each designed to address one specific area of social difficulty (e.g., joining a group of peers).
The program also includes data collection and monitoring tools, and its user-friendly interface enables teachers and parents to work collaboratively with the student.
Title: A Computer-based Social Intervention for Students with High Functioning ASD: Using Technology to Improve Special Education
Funding agency: Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education
Contract Number: ED-IES-11-C-0033
Funding Dates: 6/30/11–12/31/13
Principal Investigator: Janey Sturtz McMillen, Ph.D.