ECHOES II (EPSRC/ESRC 3y, RES 139-25-0395) is a three-year project to develop a multimodal technology-enhanced learning environment in which both typically developing children and those with Asperger syndrome at key Stage 1 (5-7) can explore and improve social communication, interaction and collaboration. The project has the dual aim of: i) creating a virtual environment in which typically developing children and children on the autism spectrum can improve social interaction and communication skills and ii) researching the link between social interaction, communication and learning.

Dr. Karen Guldberg, Lecturer in Autism Studies at the School of Education, is the University of Birmingham’s lead academic on the project. She works with a multidisciplinary team of co-investigators and post-doctoral researchers from seven different institutions, under the direction of Dr Oliver Lemon (University of Edinburgh) and Dr Kaska Porayska-Pomsta (Institute of Education). Further information about the project can be found on