Coping with Conflict: Technologies for Targeting Social Action and Rehabilitation Research

Nov 17, 2015

Abstract:Dr. Weiss will discuss how accessible technologies can be used to meet a wide variety of social needs and clinical populations. Use of collaborative technologies (virtual environments and collocated surfaces) to facilitate conflict escalation and de-escalation between Israeli-Jewish and Palestinian-Arab youth showed significant shifts to a more positive attitude toward a peer from an adversarial culture due to enhanced perspectives of the conflict. Similar technologies can enhance social competence training strategies for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Her research demonstrated that video modeling and video self-modeling technologies can help children and adolescents with ASD deal more adaptively with social conflicts and job preparation skills.
Speaker:Prof. Patrice L. (Tamar) Weiss, PhD, OT, is a Peter Wall International Visiting Research Scholar, directs the Laboratory for Innovations in Rehabilitation Technology (LIRT) in the Dept. of Occupational Therapy at the University of Haifa (Haifa, Israel) where she and her team develop and evaluate novel virtual environments, haptic interfaces, co-located and online technologies to explore the effect of individual and collaborative rehabilitation.
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