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Emotional Intelligence Assessment Tool for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Naila Shah and Faria Jameel
SZABIST, Department of Computer Science, Karachi, Pakistan

Abstract—Researchers are working immensely in different areas of Artificial Intelligence, by developing human like intelligent machines that can understand human emotions and can also improve an individual’s emotional quotient. As fostering EI has the potential of making civilized society and eradicating negativity for the betterment of society and the world. We cannot disregard people with disabilities from this improvement; unfortunately, difficulty in recognizing emotions and intense negative emotions are one of the characteristic of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder ASD. However, research has proved that majority of people with ASD have above-average skills of problem solving, logic building and mathematics. This research focuses on designing a prototype tool which can assess the emotional intelligence and social cognition of children with ASD, the tool makes use of visual cues to introduce emotion invoking scenarios to them and evaluates the result. Children with ASD can be presented with social stories based on their results, so that their social and emotional cognitive abilities can be improved and help them replace their negative, self-destructive emotions with positive emotions. Hence making them successful, optimist and an active part of our society.
Index Terms—emotional intelligence, autism spectrum disorder, social cognition, emotional q uotient assessment, visual-cue based learning, social stories

Cite: Naila Shah and Faria Jameel, "Emotional Intelligence Assessment Tool for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder," International Journal of Learning and Teaching, Vol. 5, No. 3, pp. 213-219, September 2019. doi: 10.18178/ijlt.5.3.213-219