DEVELOPMENT OF INTERACTIVE PRODUCTS FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM - PRACTICING COMMUNICATION SKILLS BY PLAYING
Autism is a syndrome often described as affecting three main areas:
• Limitation of the capacity for reciprocal social games
• Limitation of the capacity for mutual communication
• Limitation of behaviour, interests, and imagination
In an attempt to enlighten the diagnose autism, and what difficulties might come with it, theory regarding autism has been integrated throughout a development process of an interactive aid, aimed at children with autism and a cognitive age of four to seven. Since communication and social interaction is becoming increasingly more important in todays society, the purpose was to develop a concept that promotes practicing communication skills and making contact with others under fun circumstances. The main aim was to practice turn taking by creating a system where two persons have to give turns in order to reach a goal together.
Discussion regarding development guidelines in general vs. guidelines for children with autism, has driven the design process forward throughout the project with a final result consisting of two main concepts. The two concepts are an application for tablets and a physical toy. Both were chosen because of their potential to compensate each other when it comes to strengthen the total ability for practicing communcation skills.
The child with autism may in the application build a train together with a neurologically typical person by taking turns in choosing parts. When the train in the application is finished, the players can build an identical replication in a physical train, by using the application as a draught. By choosing and placing the parts, specific rhythms will be played; therefore, by building the train, players will also build music.
Kategori Presentation studentarbeten
Föreläsare Maria Persson
Arrangör Product and Production Development
Tid 2012-06-01 10:00
Sluttid 2012-06-01 11:30
Plats A4H, A-building, Sven Hultins gata 6, 1st floor
Design & Human Factors
+46 31 772 36 11
Uppdaterad: 24 maj 2012
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