Three around a table: The facilitator role in a co-located interface for social competence training of children with autism spectrum disorder

Massimo Zancanaro, Leonardo Giusti, Eynat Gal, Patrice T. Weiss

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Abstract

In this paper we describe a co-located interface on a tabletop device to support social competence training for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The interface has been developed on the multi-user DiamondTouch tabletop device as a 3-user application for two children and a facilitator (therapist or teacher). It takes advantage of the DiamondTouch table's unique ability to recognize multiple touches by different users in order to constrain interactions in a variety of ways. This paper focus on the support provided by the system to enhance a facilitator's management of interaction flow to increase its effectiveness during social competence training. We discuss the observations collected during a small field study where two therapists used the system for short sessions with 4 pairs of children. Although limited by the number of participants to date, the interactions that emerged during this study provide important insight regarding ways in which collaborative games can be used to teach social competence skills. Thus the children benefit from the motivational and engagement value of the games while the facilitator gains access to new tools to intrinsically support and shape the session.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman-Computer Interaction - INTERACT 2011 - 13th IFIP TC 13 International Conference, Proceedings
Pages123-140
Number of pages18
EditionPART 2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011
Event13th IFIP TC 13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, INTERACT 2011 - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 5 Sep 20119 Sep 2011

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
NumberPART 2
Volume6947 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference13th IFIP TC 13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, INTERACT 2011
Country/TerritoryPortugal
CityLisbon
Period5/09/119/09/11

Keywords

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
  • collaborative games
  • multi-user co-located interfaces

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science (all)

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