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Gaming may help children with autism socialize
Children with autism could get help from games that help them develop certain skills
It’s a simple idea that makes a lot of sense, but University of South Carolina researcher Roger Newman-Norlund has had trouble landing grants to pay for a study of the concept.
So Newman-Norlund is taking an unusual approach–crowd-funding. He set up a Kickstarter account and a website, www.mymoneymyscience.com, which explains the basis for his work. His goal is to raise $150,000 in two months.
“Every year, we would try to apply for government grants and we would get shot down,” said Newman-Norlund, director of USC’s Perceptual Motor Development Laboratory. “The government doesn’t think it’s important, so why not go to the people who do think it’s important?”
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