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Implementation of a Tabletop RPG in higher education to support the development of social skills of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Experiencing a positive state of well-being throughout higher education is not a given for every student. Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder experience a significantly lower sense of well-being during their time in higher education which is often caused by a lack of social skills. On the other hand, it is difficult for educational professionals in higher education to support this specific student group in their development. This article researches the practicality and usability of a Table-Top Role-Playing game, The Sisters of Nature, that aims to increase the social skills development of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in higher education. The literary research has been used to create a conceptual framework and design requirements that led to the design of the game. The practicality of the TTRPG has been researched through a walkthrough of a partially detailed product. Several scenarios of the TTRPG were tested with educational professionals of different levels of experience in both TTRPG’s and education. The usability of the TTRPG as a new educational method has been researched by analyzing the data through the challenge & support model. The data has been analyzed with another researcher to ensure the validity of the results. A major outcome of this research has been the level of support needed as an educational professional when implementing new educational methods depending on the levels of experience. The article concludes with a discussion of ways to strengthen the future development of the TTRPG.

Keywords: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), tabletop role-playing games (TTRPGs), Well-being, higher education, social skills
development.

The thesis has been published on Research Gate

Odette Jansen

Odette Jansen

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