- Significant gains in social abilities like recognizing emotions of others, understanding intentions of others and developing social relationships
- Increased ability to focus on social cues, block distracting information, and recognize key information needed to build conversations
- Improved social confidence and decreased social anxiety
Virtual Training Helps Underserved Middle Schoolers Hone Social Skills
Center for BrainHealth
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Maria Johnson, MA, CCC-SLP
Director, Youth & Family Innovations Lead Research Clinician and Trainer, Charisma Virtual Social Coaching
Virtual Social Learning Platform
Center for BrainHealth developed Charisma™, a flexible, virtual simulation platform that is used in combination with a clinician-led cognitive social learning protocol to help users increase their social adeptness. Charisma leverages cutting-edge game development software to allow repeated – but novel – practice with real-time simulation of authentic, dynamic social interactions at varying levels of complexity.
Using science-based practices that teach students how to learn, not what to learn, this program enables middle school through ninth grade teachers to take advantage of this important brain development stage and optimize student learning for success in the classroom and beyond.
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