Social benefits of a tangible user interface for children with Autistic Spectrum Conditions

Farr, William, Yuill, Nicola and Raffle, Hayes (2010) Social benefits of a tangible user interface for children with Autistic Spectrum Conditions. Autism, 14 (3). pp. 237-252. ISSN 1362-3613

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Abstract

Tangible user interfaces (TUIs) embed computer technology in graspable objects. This study assessed the potential of Topobo, a construction toy with programmable movement, to support social interaction in children with Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC). Groups of either typically developing (TD) children or those with ASC had group play sessions with Topobo and with LEGO TM. We recorded the extent and sequence of different categories of play during these sessions. For both participant groups, there were more social forms of play with Topobo than with LEGOTM. More solitary play occurred for LEGOTM and more parallel play occurred with Topobo. Topobo was also associated with more time in onlooker and cooperative play in TD. Finally, we observed differences in play sequences between TD and ASC children, and discuss how different play materials might produce specific patterns of play in these two groups.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: William Farr
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:52
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2012 12:48
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/14867
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