The Design of Guidelines for Teachers and Parents in the Use of iPads to Support Children with Autism in the Development of Joint Attention Skills

Chrysoula Mangafa, Louise Moody, Andrée Woodcock, Alex Woolner

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Abstract

Children with autism have an affinity with technologies, which imposes the need to keep abreast of new digital technologies [1]. The benefits of mobile devices and interactive technologies in providing structure and predictability [2] and the vast variety of apps that can facilitate social communication makes it imperative to effectively incorporate iPads in the teaching of joint attention. Despite the increase use of mobile devices there is a lack of guidance for parents and teachers on how to use these devices in home and school environments for young children with autism. This study fills this gap. This paper reports on one of the final stages of the project, in which focus groups with teachers, parents, academics and children were conducted to discuss the development of guidelines on how to use the iPads with children with autism to improve their joint attention skills.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesign, User Experience, and Usability: Novel User Experiences
EditorsAaron Marcus
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages178-186
Number of pages9
Volume9747
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-40354-0, 978-3-319-40355-7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jun 2016

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume9747

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Keywords

  • Social communication
  • Joint attention
  • iPads
  • Guidelines

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    Mangafa, C., Moody, L., Woodcock, A., & Woolner, A. (2016). The Design of Guidelines for Teachers and Parents in the Use of iPads to Support Children with Autism in the Development of Joint Attention Skills. In A. Marcus (Ed.), Design, User Experience, and Usability: Novel User Experiences (Vol. 9747, pp. 178-186). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 9747). Switzerland: Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-40355-7_17, https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-40355-7_17