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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is characterised by social interaction difficulties and communication difficulties. Moreover, children with ASD often suffer from other co-morbidities, such as anxiety and depression. Finding appropriate treatment can be difficult as symptoms of ASD and co-morbidities often overlap. Many applications for serious games in the health care sector already exist, but very little focus on stress and anxiety in children with ASD. This paper describes a preliminary study to assess whether a serious game can be used to reduce stress and anxiety in children with ASD. In close collaboration with specialised therapists, the New Horizon game was designed, which contains two relaxation techniques. During the pilot study, the New Horizon game has been tested by three participants.
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anxiety, autism spectrum disorder, relaxation techniques, serious games, stress, PSYCHOMETRIC PROPERTIES, SYMPTOMS, INTERVENTIONS, DEPRESSION, YOUTH

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Carlier, Stéphanie, et al. “Using a Serious Game to Reduce Stress and Anxiety in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.” PROCEEDINGS OF THE 13TH EAI INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PERVASIVE COMPUTING TECHNOLOGIES FOR HEALTHCARE (PERVASIVEHEALTH 2019), ACM, 2019, pp. 452–61.
APA
Carlier, S., Van der Paelt, S., Ongenae, F., De Backere, F., & De Turck, F. (2019). Using a serious game to reduce stress and anxiety in children with autism spectrum disorder. In PROCEEDINGS OF THE 13TH EAI INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PERVASIVE COMPUTING TECHNOLOGIES FOR HEALTHCARE (PERVASIVEHEALTH 2019) (pp. 452–461). New York, NY, USA: ACM.
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Carlier, Stéphanie, Sara Van der Paelt, Femke Ongenae, Femke De Backere, and Filip De Turck. 2019. “Using a Serious Game to Reduce Stress and Anxiety in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.” In PROCEEDINGS OF THE 13TH EAI INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PERVASIVE COMPUTING TECHNOLOGIES FOR HEALTHCARE (PERVASIVEHEALTH 2019), 452–61. New York, NY, USA: ACM.
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Carlier, Stéphanie, Sara Van der Paelt, Femke Ongenae, Femke De Backere, and Filip De Turck. 2019. “Using a Serious Game to Reduce Stress and Anxiety in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.” In PROCEEDINGS OF THE 13TH EAI INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PERVASIVE COMPUTING TECHNOLOGIES FOR HEALTHCARE (PERVASIVEHEALTH 2019), 452–461. New York, NY, USA: ACM.
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Carlier S, Van der Paelt S, Ongenae F, De Backere F, De Turck F. Using a serious game to reduce stress and anxiety in children with autism spectrum disorder. In: PROCEEDINGS OF THE 13TH EAI INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PERVASIVE COMPUTING TECHNOLOGIES FOR HEALTHCARE (PERVASIVEHEALTH 2019). New York, NY, USA: ACM; 2019. p. 452–61.
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S. Carlier, S. Van der Paelt, F. Ongenae, F. De Backere, and F. De Turck, “Using a serious game to reduce stress and anxiety in children with autism spectrum disorder,” in PROCEEDINGS OF THE 13TH EAI INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PERVASIVE COMPUTING TECHNOLOGIES FOR HEALTHCARE (PERVASIVEHEALTH 2019), Trento, Italy, 2019, pp. 452–461.
@inproceedings{8627940,
  abstract     = {Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is characterised by social interaction difficulties and communication difficulties. Moreover, children with ASD often suffer from other co-morbidities, such as anxiety and depression. Finding appropriate treatment can be difficult as symptoms of ASD and co-morbidities often overlap. Many applications for serious games in the health care sector already exist, but very little focus on stress and anxiety in children with ASD. This paper describes a preliminary study to assess whether a serious game can be used to reduce stress and anxiety in children with ASD. In close collaboration with specialised therapists, the New Horizon game was designed, which contains two relaxation techniques. During the pilot study, the New Horizon game has been tested by three participants.},
  author       = {Carlier, Stéphanie and Van der Paelt, Sara and Ongenae, Femke and De Backere, Femke and De Turck, Filip},
  booktitle    = {PROCEEDINGS OF THE 13TH EAI INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PERVASIVE COMPUTING TECHNOLOGIES FOR HEALTHCARE (PERVASIVEHEALTH 2019)},
  isbn         = {9781450361262},
  issn         = {2153-1633},
  keywords     = {anxiety,autism spectrum disorder,relaxation techniques,serious games,stress,PSYCHOMETRIC PROPERTIES,SYMPTOMS,INTERVENTIONS,DEPRESSION,YOUTH},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Trento, Italy},
  pages        = {452--461},
  publisher    = {ACM},
  title        = {Using a serious game to reduce stress and anxiety in children with autism spectrum disorder},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3329189.3329237},
  year         = {2019},
}

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