Extending VITHEA in Order to Improve Children’s Linguistic Skills

Vânia Mendonça

In Computational Processing of the Portuguese Language – Proceedings of the 12th International Conference (PROPOR 2016), vol. LNCS 9727, pp. 3-11, Springer International Publishing, Switzerland, 2016

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Extending VITHEA in Order to Improve Children’s Linguistic Skills

Abstract:
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often comprises difficulties in the acquisition of communication and language skills. Several researchers and companies have developed software to help individuals with ASD developing those skills; however, there is a lack of applications in Portuguese that are tailored to the individual needs of each child. In this context, we present VITHEA-Kids, a platform where caregivers can create exercises and customize the interaction between each child and the platform. We also developed a module for the automatic generation of multiple choice exercises, meant to be integrated in VITHEA-Kids. We evaluated this work with caregivers (which provided promising indicators), with a child (ongoing upon thesis delivery) and we also evaluated the generation of incorrect answers in multiple choice exercises (achieving acceptance rates between 61.11 % and 92.22 %).