Designing a digital experience for young children with developmental disabilities

Wyeth, Peta, Hall, Joshua, & Johnson, Daniel M. (2014) Designing a digital experience for young children with developmental disabilities. Lecture Notes in Computer Science : Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Entertainment Computing ICEC 2014, 8770, pp. 139-146.

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This paper reports on the development of a playful digital experience, Anim-action, designed for young children with developmental disabilities. This experience was built using the Stomp platform, a technology designed specifically to meet the needs of people with intellectual disability through facilitating whole body interaction. We provide detail on how knowledge gained from key stakeholders informed the design of the application and describe the design guidelines used in the development process. A study involving 13 young children with developmental disabilities was conducted to evaluate the extent to which Anim-action facilitates cognitive, social and physical activity. Results demonstrated that Anim-action effectively supports cognitive and physical activity. In particular, it promoted autonomy and encouraged problem solving and motor planning. Conversely, there were limitations in the system’s ability to support social interaction, in particular, cooperation. Results have been analyzed to determine how design guidelines might be refined to address these limitations.

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ID Code: 82422
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Paper presented in International Conference on Entertainment Computing 2014, 1-3 October 2014, Sydney NSW
Keywords: Young children, Developmental disability, Interactive experience, Design guidelines, Evaluation, Play and games
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-662-45212-7_18
ISSN: 0302-9743
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Deposited On: 11 Mar 2015 23:37
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2015 21:18

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