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Video games could help kids with autism build social skills

A researcher in Australia, Gail Alvares is working on a video game project that aims to teach kids with autism important social skills.

The game, currently called Frankie and Friends, is meant to help such children begin to process social information. One of the difficulties that some kids with autism experience is making eye contact with people or paying more attention to objects than people or faces.

The game, which is made for kids between 5 to 12 years, are about a sausage dog named Frankie who needs help finding his friends. All the games target particular social skills that many kids with autism find hard.

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