The suspension of classes, the closure of recreational places, and the isolation of family and friends as a result of COVID-19 were measures that also affected the smallest of the home. This represented an even greater problem for children and young people with Asperger’s, who must receive therapy and have contact with other people in order to improve their social skills.
“Usually a person with Asperger does not complain about why they do not come out. In some cases, they like their solitude, ”says José Oré, Essalud psychologist and professor at the San Martín de Porres University.
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Although they prefer to maintain their space and be alone, isolation is a great disadvantage in their development of communicative relationships. The psychologist of the Jean Le Boulch school, Angélica Esquivias, emphasizes that it is essential “that from a young age they receive therapy and they are encouraged and stimulated social comunication”.
Technology and virtual play tools
Given this scenario, in which contact with other people must be avoided due to the spread of the virus, the use of technology has become the appropriate alternative to develop these skills. Some of these virtual play tools They offer to help them with their fear of speaking in public and having conversations, while others, to put their memory and creativity into practice.
Regarding this, the specialist Esquivias clarifies that virtual recreational tools “do work, but to the extent that they are applied in real life, not only in the virtual ”.
“If that is not put into practice on a day-to-day basis and with real people, there will be little scope. You can program and train the person through images, games, but socialization occurs with direct treatment of people ”, she adds.
For his part, Oré adds that “parents should talk with the children and discover their interests. From that, adapt them in an indirect way so that they can play a game and talk with another person, so they will practice communication ”.
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What virtual playful tools exist?
One of the playful tools that has been launched recently is the ‘CicerOn: VR speech coach‘, a virtual reality video game created by Indra, U-tad and Fundación Universia, which helps people with Asperger’s to accelerate their ability to overcome their phobia of public speaking in real life.
Natalia Gómez Esteban, Indra’s head of Social Action, explains that this “application allows the user to interact with virtual avatars through game dynamics in non-playful environments, allowing the user to improve their exhibitions and contact with their audience.”
‘CicerOn: VR speech coach’ has six functional levels, where the player experiences interactions, noises, among other interruptions, and it is recommended that it be used under the guidance of a psychologist.
Likewise, the specialist José Oré recommends the platform ‘Neuroapp‘, which allows to stimulate “cognitive functions in children with Asperger’s or those who are within Autism Spectrum Disorder. It allows working on executive functions and social cognition so that the child can put himself in the place of people, be more empathetic and recognize how the other person feels when faced with a discomfort or fear”.
On the other hand, the psychologist Angélica Esquivias adds that other types of activities that they can do from home are “board games in which they have to recommend characters through gestures and signs or describe a movie with body movements like in the pictionary and the charade ”. In addition, she suggests that parents incorporate their children in drama, clown and<2FEMININE> classes, since it also “helps them to express themselves.”
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What is Asperger’s Syndrome?
He Asperger syndrome is a neurodevelopmental disorder that is part of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which causes a child to present a delay in the development of certain cognitive abilities, be it language, memory, attention, communication, expression of emotions.
“Boys who have Asperger’s have a normal or average level of intelligence, but their difficulty is socialization. They do not understand jokes, they associate crying with sadness, but they do not understand crying for joy. They are very literal and they have to learn social mudisms ”, explains Esquivias.
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