Designing ReduCat: Audio-augmented paper drawings tangible interface in educational intervention for high-functioning autistic children

Andrea Alessandrini, Victor Loux, Cormac Murray, Gabriel Ferreira Serra

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Abstract

This paper describes the design of ReduCat, an audioaugmented paper drawings tangible user interface (TUI) system intended to support educational intervention for high-functioning children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The system records audio snippets on standard paper drawings using a tangible user interface that can be shared between the therapist and the child. ReduCat is designed as a tool for the therapist to engage the child in a collaborative storytelling activity. We used 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 audioaugmented artefacts in educational intervention for children with ASD. Finally, we reflect on three main qualities of our system: exploring the qualities of children's written and oral narrative; framing children's attention; and supporting therapist appropriation and child differences.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of IDC 2016 - The 15th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages463-472
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450343138
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jun 2016
Event15th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, IDC 2016 - The Lowry, Media City, Manchester, United Kingdom
Duration: 21 Jun 201624 Jun 2016
https://web.archive.org/web/20160620192205/http://www.idc2016.org/ (Link to archived conference information)

Conference

Conference15th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, IDC 2016
Abbreviated titleIDC2016
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityManchester
Period21/06/1624/06/16
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Keywords

  • Audio-augmented paper
  • Drawings
  • High-functioning autism
  • Interaction design
  • Prototyping
  • Tangible user interface

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    Alessandrini, A., Loux, V., Murray, C., & Serra, G. F. (2016). Designing ReduCat: Audio-augmented paper drawings tangible interface in educational intervention for high-functioning autistic children. In Proceedings of IDC 2016 - The 15th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (pp. 463-472). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/2930674.2930675