Date of Award

Spring 5-7-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

First Advisor

Dr. Sean O'Shea


Autism (ASD) is characterized by impaired development in social interaction and communication. This can affect the ability to develop relationships with peers and family. Being limited in this area leads those with Autism unable to translate their own emotions and the emotions of others. As technology develops, so do methods of teaching facial emotion recognition. Building these skills can increase the social communication abilities of those struggling with Autism. This paper will explore the effectiveness of various educational applications (apps).

Taking the lessons gained from previous iPhone application designs I will attempt to create a new application that incorporates the successes of my predecessors, as well as strengthening the areas needed to become a fully immersive learning experience for the user. This newly created application will then be presented to preschool aged children. The reactions of the students will be carefully noted as we continue to build teaching tools that are effective in theory and in practice.