Developing technology for autism: an interdisciplinary approach

Porayska-Pomsta, Kaska, Frauenberger, Christopher, Pain, Helen, Rajendran, Gnanathusharan, Smith, Tim, Menzies, Rachel, Foster, Mary Ellen, Alcorn, Alyssa, Wass, Sam, Bernadini, Sara, Avramides, Katerina, Keay-Bright, Wendy, Chen, Jessica, Waller, Annalu, Guildberg, Karen, Good, Judith and Lemon, Oliver (2012) Developing technology for autism: an interdisciplinary approach. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 16 (2). pp. 117-127. ISSN 1617-4909

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Abstract

We present an interdisciplinary methodology for designing interactive multimodal technology for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). In line with many other researchers in the field, we believe that the key to developing technology in this context is to embrace perspectives from diverse disciplines to arrive at a methodology that delivers satisfactory outcomes for all stakeholders. The ECHOES project provided us with the opportunity to develop a technology-enhanced learning (TEL) environment that facilitates acquisition and exploration of social skills by typically developing (TD) children and children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). ECHOES’ methodology and the learning environment rely crucially on multi-disciplinary expertise including developmental psychology, visual arts, human-computer interaction, artificial intelligence, education and several other cognate disciplines. In this article, we reflect on the methods needed to develop a TEL environment for young users with ASDs by identifying key features, benefits and challenges of this approach.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC0980 Types of education > LC1001 Humanistic education. Liberal education > LC1022 Computer-assisted education
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA0076 Computer software
Depositing User: Judith Good
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2015 11:21
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 04:38
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/56117

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Project NameSussex Project NumberFunderFunder Ref
ECHOES II: Improving Children's Social Interaction through Exploratory Learning in a Multimodal EnvironmentG0306ESRC-ECONOMIC & SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCILRES-139-25-0395