Virtual pink dolphins and lagoon

Lu, D., Cao, Q. and Cai, Y. (2021) Virtual pink dolphins and lagoon. In: Cai, Y. and Cao, Q. (eds.) When VR Serious Games Meet Special Needs Education: Research, Development and Their Applications. Series: Gaming media and social effects. Springer: Singapore, pp. 77-95. ISBN 9789813369412 (doi:10.1007/978-981-33-6942-9_5)

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Abstract

Children including those with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) like to play with pets. Dolphin-assisted therapy (DST) as one type of pet-assisted therapy is already introduced to help children with ASD. However, DST is fairly costly. Given a large number of children with ASD interested in DST, it is difficult to have sufficient dolphins available to provide the service. Despite popular among children with ASD, DST is often criticized by animal rights organizations. Sometimes, it can also become challenging to use the captive dolphins for therapeutic purpose for those weak children with ASD. The aim of this research work is to develop an innovative solution for virtual pink dolphin-assisted therapy for children with ASD. As species endangered, pink dolphins are extremely well received by children. This chapter presents a serious game for children with ASD to play with virtual dolphins and improve their communication and learning. The focus of this work, however, will be on the object modeling and design of virtual pink dolphin serious game, including concept design, texturing, and animations with some cases analysis. The pink dolphin serious game is designed for single player.

Item Type:Book Sections
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cao, Dr Qi
Authors: Lu, D., Cao, Q., and Cai, Y.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Publisher:Springer
ISBN:9789813369412
Published Online:05 May 2021

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