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This paper describes the development of a tool that assists arts therapists working with older adults with dementia. Participation in creative activities is becoming accepted as a method for improving quality of life. This paper presents the design of a novel tool to increase the capacity of creative arts therapists to engage cognitively impaired older adults in creative activities. The tool is a creative arts touch-screen interface that presents a user with activities such as painting, drawing, or collage. It was developed with a user-centered design methodology in collaboration with a group of creative arts therapists. The tool is customizable by therapists, allowing them to design and build personalized therapeutic/goal-oriented creative activities for each client. In this paper, we evaluate the acceptability of the tool by arts therapists (our primary user group). We perform this evaluation qualitatively with a set of one-on-one interviews with arts therapists who work specifically with persons with dementia. We show how their responses during interviews support the idea of a customizable assistance tool. We evaluate the tool in simulation by showing a number of examples, and by demonstrating customizable components.
|Title of host publication||ASSETS '10|
|Subtitle of host publication||Proceedings of the 12th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility|
|Place of Publication||New York|
|Publisher||Association for Computing Machinery|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
|Event||12th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility - Orlando, United States|
Duration: 25 Oct 2010 → 27 Oct 2010
|Conference||12th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility|
|Abbreviated title||Assets 2010|
|Period||25/10/10 → 27/10/10|
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