Designing an educational tabletop software for children with autism

Valerie Picardo, Samuel Metson, Rashina Hoda, Robert Amor, Angela Arnold-Saritepe, Rebecca Sharp, Denys Brand

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Discrete Trail Training (DTT) is an intervention method used by behaviour analysts for teaching skills to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) around a table using physical materials and artefacts. Traditional DTT suffers from these main challenges: inconsistency due to human limitations; need for repeatedly focusing child's attention on the trail at hand as children with ASD suffer from short attention spans; and disruptions on account of in-session data recording and analysis by the analysts while delivering the training. Developed in collaboration with HCI and behaviour analysis experts, our proposed solution is an interactive, tabletop software application that provides the consistency and integrity that DTT aims to achieve, while engaging the child's attention on the interactive interface, and seamlessly collecting and analysing in-session data in the background. Upcoming usability evaluations of the prototype promise to provide insight into the potential effectiveness of our prototype.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUser Interfaces 2014
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Fifteenth Australasian User Interface Conference (AUIC 2014)
EditorsBurkhard C. Wunsche, Stefan Marks
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781921770333
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventAustralasian User Interface Conference 2014 - Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 20 Jan 201423 Jan 2014
Conference number: 15th

Publication series

NameConferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology Series
ISSN (Print)1445-1336


ConferenceAustralasian User Interface Conference 2014
Abbreviated titleAUIC 2014
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand
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  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Child-Computer Interaction (CCI) Education
  • Children
  • Discrete Trail Training (DTT)
  • Learning

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