Developing IDEAS: Supporting children with Autism within a participatory design team

Laura Benton, Hilary Johnson, Emma Ashwin, Mark Brosnan, Beate Grawemeyer

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Abstract

IDEAS (Interface Design Experience for the Autistic Spectrum) is a method for involving children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in the technology design process. This paper extends the IDEAS method to enable use with a design team, providing specific added support for communication and collaboration difficulties that may arise. A study to trial this extended method was conducted with two design teams, each involving three children with ASD, in a series of six, weekly design sessions focused on designing a math game. The findings from this study reveal that the children were able to successfully participate in the sessions and collaborate with other children. The findings also highlight the positive experience that involvement in such a process can offer this population.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI '12: Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherACM
Pages2599-2608
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781450310154
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 May 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event30th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Austin, United States
Duration: 5 May 201210 May 2012
Conference number: 30

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings

Conference

Conference30th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Abbreviated titleCHI 2012
CountryUnited States
CityAustin
Period5/05/1210/05/12

Keywords

  • Autism
  • Children
  • Educational games
  • Participatory design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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