In a spring article in the UAB Magazine, Dr. Biasini talked about the benefits of computer based interventions like FaceSay, and the encouraging gains seen in the study.
A nice interview w/ the UAB researchers, Dr. Biasini and Dr. Hopkins, and one of the study participants, 11 yo MaryLeigh Wear, is airing on some local TV stations. It's great to see how tickled she is with the silly games :-). They omitted her best quote, though. The interviewer asked, "What did you learn from playing FaceSay?". MaryLeigh replied, "I learned I need to look at both halves of the face. I've been looking at just the bottom half."
Dec. 2007- UAB completed a randomized controlled trial w/ over 80 4yo Neurotypical preschoolers using two of the FaceSay games - "Amazing Gazing" and "Bandaid" Clinic - as the Intervention. The kids loved the games and saw gains in Face Recognition Skills, but not Emotion Recognition (the facial expression matching game was not part of the study). Generalization was not measured. Trista Perez, the Primary Investigator, successfully defended her Master's thesis related to the study.
The University of Alabama Birmingham announced encouraging results of their randomized controlled trial with 49 autistic children. Read the Press Release.
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