Developing technology for autism: an interdisciplinary approach
Porayska-Pomsta, Kaska and Frauenberger, C. and Pain, H. and Rajendran, G. and Smith, Tim J. and Menzies, R. and Foster, M.E. and Alcorn, A. and Wass, Sam and Bernardini, S. and Avramides, K. and Keay-Bright, W. and Chen, J. and Waller, A. and Guldberg, K. and Good, J. and Lemon, O. (2012) Developing technology for autism: an interdisciplinary approach. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing 16 (2), pp. 117-127. ISSN 1617-4909.
We present an interdisciplinary methodology for designing interactive multi-modal 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.
|Keyword(s) / Subject(s):||Autism, Technology-enhanced intervention, Interdisciplinary research, Social interactions, Social signal processing, Autonomous agents|
|School:||Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences|
|Research Centre:||Moving Image, Birkbeck Institute for the (BIMI), Educational Neuroscience, Centre for, Brain and Cognitive Development, Centre for (CBCD)|
|Date Deposited:||10 May 2013 08:13|
|Last Modified:||14 Dec 2016 09:43|
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