Interactive visual supports for children with autism
Hayes, Gillian R.
Nguyen, David H.
- Publisher: eScholarship, University of California
Capture and access | Visual supports | Education | Computer Science | User Interfaces and Human Computer Interaction | Personal Computing | Hardware and Architecture | Computer Science Applications | Assistive technology | Computer Science, general | Management Science and Operations Research | Autism
Interventions to support children with autism often include the use of visual supports, which are cognitive tools to enable learning and the production of language. Although visual supports are effective in helping to diminish many of the challenges of autism, they are difficult and time-consuming to create, distribute, and use. In this paper, we present the results of a qualitative study focused on uncovering design guidelines for interactive visual supports that would address the many challenges inherent to current tools and practices. We present three prototype systems that address these design challenges with the use of large group displays, mobile personal devices, and personal recording technologies. We also describe the interventions associated with these prototypes along with the results from two focus group discussions around the interventions. We present further design guidance for visual supports and discuss tensions inherent to their design.