Audio-augmented paper for therapy and educational intervention for children with autistic spectrum disorder

Andrea Alessandrini (Lead / Corresponding author), Alessandro Cappelletti, Massimo Zancanaro

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    Abstract

    Autism affects children?s learning and social development. Commonly used rehabilitative treatments are aimed at stimulating the social skills of children with autism. In this article, we present a prototype and a pilot study on an audio-augmented paper to support the therapy of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The prototype supports audio recording with standard sheets of paper by using tangible tools that can be shared between the therapist and the child. The prototype is a tool for the therapist to engage the child in a storytelling activity. We use a progressive design method based on a dynamic process that merges concept generation, technology benchmarking and activity design into continuously enriching actions. The paper highlights the qualities and benefits of using tangible audio-augmented artefacts for therapy and educational intervention for children with ASD. The work describes three main qualities of our prototype: from building cooperation to attention control, flow control, and using the children?s own voices to foster attention.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)422-430
    Number of pages9
    JournalInternational Journal of Human Computer Studies
    Volume72
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014

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