Social cognition and self advocacy don’t always come naturally and so may need to be taught. A program at the Center for Brain Health in Dallas Texas called Charisma is teaching clients these and other social skills via a game based learning environment. Avatars are created for the client and therapists while real time and customized social situations play out in the virtual world. Therapists are able to offer immediate feedback to the client that research shows carry over into real life social settings.
Tandra Allen, an SLP with the Charisma project, joins us to discuss how the program works and who it is working for.