Multimedia Interventions for Neurodiversity: Leveraging Insights from Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience to Build an Innovative Practice

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  • Teresa Farroni - (Author)
  • Irene Valori - , University of Padua (Author)
  • Laura Carnevali - (Author)


Multimedia technologies and virtual reality offer unique possibilities to manipulate sensory, motor, interpersonal, and cognitive processes contributing to atypical developmental trajectories, thus holding an explosive potential to design innovative and engaging interventions. However, there has been little progress in developing interventions that go beyond the patient’s diagnosis or the fascination of technology and rather spring from a deep understanding of the specific neuropsycho-logical processes to be nurtured in individuals. This perspective paper outlines how recent insights from developmental cognitive neuroscience can be leveraged to promote children’s multidimensional development and highlight future directions and challenges for innovating both research and clinical practice. Finally, we focus on some practical examples of multimedia and virtual reality activities we have designed to stimulate bodily-self experiences, which are crucial for building up a coherent sense of self and lay the foundation for interacting with the external world. Atypical bodily self is an early marker of heterogeneous neurodevelopmental conditions (such as autism spectrum disorders) and seems to be under-targeted in research and clinical approaches.


Original languageEnglish
Article number147
JournalBrain sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jan 2022
Externally publishedYes

External IDs

Scopus 85124167204
PubMed 35203911
WOS 000767631300001
Mendeley d3e124ad-2745-3e28-b2e0-c1baaba8fe72


ASJC Scopus subject areas


  • Autism spectrum disorders, Bodily self, Multimedia interventions, Technologies, Virtual reality