Evaluating and Enhancing Driving Ability among Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Annual rept. 30 Sep 2012-29 Sep 2013
IOWA UNIV IOWA CITY
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The purpose of this Idea Development award is to evaluate the additive benefits of automated feedback and eye tracking to standard human-directed training of driving skills for those diagnosed with high functioning autism and who have already secured a learners permit. In year 1, we focus on automated feedback, which involves computer-generated instruction informing drivers when their driving performance exceeds established thresholds for different driving parameters, e.g. the simulator says Speeding when the driver exceeds the posted speed limit by 5mph. In this year, which began when funding arrived on 30 September 2012, we were to secure and operationalize the software to provide automated feedback and recruit and training 20 such drivers, 10 receiving Standard training and 10 receiving automated feedback training. To date we have established the automated feedback training protocol, and consented 12 subjects. To date, all of our participants have been able to engage in the driving training, and none of them have experienced simulation adaptation syndrome.
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