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An augmented toy and social interaction in children with autism
by William Farr; Nicola Yuill; Steve Hinske
International Journal of Arts and Technology (IJART), Vol. 5, No. 2/3/4, 2012

 

Abstract: An Augmented Knight's Castle (AKC) play set was adapted so that children with autism can configure programmable elements. This is compared with a non-configurable AKC. When the system is configurable, and when it is switched on, less solitary play and more cooperative play occur. Digital toys and their configurability are key factors in design for children with autism, allowing greater individual control and more socially oriented behaviour. We suggest that tangibles provide a safety net for encouraging social interaction as they allow for a broad range of interaction styles.

 

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