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About Let's Face It!
Let's Face It! is a joint project between the University of Victoria Brain and Cognition Lab and the Yale Child Study Centre. The program is a multimedia, computer-based intervention that is designed to teach face processing skills to children with autism. Research has shown that in addition to their difficulties with language and social communication, children with autism may experience difficulties in their ability to recognize facial identity and emotions. Our goal is to design, implement, and evaluate science-based interventions in face processing based on research findings in psychology and neuroscience. Our aim is to develop effective treatments that will enhance the face processing skills of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) as well as other populations that exhibit impairments in facial processing.
Instruction is guided by the Let's Face It! Hierarchical Model of Facial Processing. The model illustrates four foundational domains for face understanding. Please click on the links below to further explore each domain.
- Domain I: Attending to Faces and Understanding Facial Structure
- Domain IIa: Recognizing Facial Identity
- Domain IIb: Recognizing Facial Expression
- Domain III: Interpreting the Social Meaning of Facial Cues
The Let's Face It! curriculum combines software and hands on learning to teach these basic face processing skills. A series of engaging, interactive game modules are further described in the Computer Fun section of this site. Each module targets some aspect of face processing, such as the recognition of facial emotions, interpretation of eye gaze and eye contact and the recognition of people across changes in facial expression. Skills introduced through computerized training are further expanded through hands on group activities. Please click on our Face Activities page to access lesson activities designed for parents, teachers and interventionists to get the most out of the LFI! program.
The Let's Face It! Philosophy
The Let's Face It! (LFI!) group is composed of faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students from the Cognitive and Brain Sciences program at the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia. The group's mission is to develop state-of-the-art interventions in face processing for children with autism spectrum disorders and children with specialized learning needs. The LFI! interventions are science-based and grounded in the latest research findings from our lab: Different Minds Lab
We are committed to an integrative inreach/outreach model of intervention where parents, teachers, practitioners and children play an active role in shaping the goals and content of our treatment programs.
The LFI! interventions incorporate cutting-edge computer technologies with practical, hands-on materials. We strongly believe that the LFI! treatment programs and materials should be free and readily accessible to the autism community and all of our content can be downloaded at no charge from our web site.