VESIP is an easy to use, web-based direct assessment of children’s social information processing skills that utilizes an interactive and immersive simulation format. It is designed for children in grades 3-7 (approx. 8-12 years old). Through computer animation, a child assumes the role of a primary “self” avatar and interacts with other avatars. The program measures responses to five types of challenging social situations and across several assessment domains. VESIP requires minimal administrator expertise and no reading skills on the part of the child.
VESIP allows for data to be collected directly from the child. The child’s age, gender, and ethnicity are used to personalize their “self” avatar, and the child is able to customize several scenes by selecting preferences that are then integrated into the scenarios. This immersive testing environment is theory-based and believed to measure what children would say and do in the midst of complex social situations more accurately than parent or teacher reports.
VESIP measures responses across 5 social situations:
Millions of children in America have social challenges that are related to behavioral and academic difficulties. To address this problem, many states are adopting social-emotional learning standards, and schools are implementing programs that teach children how to interact positively with others. VESIP is one of only a few tools available to measure the success of these programs, identify at-risk children, and guide professionals addressing specific challenges.