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Social use of computer-mediated communication by adults on the autism spectrum

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Social use of computer-mediated communication by adults on the autism spectrum
The defining characteristics of autism, including difficulty with nonverbal cues and need for structure, and the defining characteristics of computer-mediated communication (CMC), including reduction of extraneous cues and structured exchange, suggest the two would be an ideal match. Interviews and observations of 16 adults on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum reveal that many seek greater social connectedness and take advantage of interest-based online communities to foster successful, supportive relationships. However, CMC intensifies problems of trust, disclosure, inflexible thinking, and perspective-taking, making it difficult for some to maintain relationships. Interventions in the form of information visualization and CMC-specific social skills training are presented. Intervention considerations and participatory design opportunities are discussed. Author Keywords Computer-mediated communication, online communities, autism spectrum disorders, social support ACM Cla...
Moira Burke, Robert Kraut, Diane Williams
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Type Conference
Year 2010
Where CSCW
Authors Moira Burke, Robert Kraut, Diane Williams
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