The design of polysensory environments for children with autistic spectrum disorders.

Darryl Georgiou, Alex Woolner, Jacqueline Carol Jackson, Andree Woodcock

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It has been estimated that autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs) may
affect 50000 families in the UK. Those having ASDs exhibit a wide
range of behavioural problems, with limited opportunities to break free
and engage with the world. The most effective time for interventions is
during childhood. Recently, computers and digital technology are
being used to provide stimulating and interactive environments where
children may engage with polysensory environments. However, given
the wide range of ASDs, if such environments are to be enjoyable,
non-threatening and effective, they need to be tailored to meet the
sensory needs of the children. This paper introduces the first stage of a
project to develop such an environment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContemporary Ergonomics 2004
Place of PublicationBoca Raton
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780203494172
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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