The Design of Guidelines for Teachers and Parents in the Use of iPads to Support Children with Autism in the Development of Joint Attention Skills

Chrysoula Mangafa, Louise Moody, Andree Woodcock, Alex Woolner

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    Abstract

    Children with autism have an affinity with technologies, which imposes the need to keep abreast of new digital technologies [1]. The benefits of mobile devices and interactive technologies in providing structure and predictability [2] and the vast variety of apps that can facilitate social communication makes it imperative to effectively incorporate iPads in the teaching of joint attention. Despite the increase use of mobile devices there is a lack of guidance for parents and teachers on how to use these devices in home and school environments for young children with autism. This study fills this gap. This paper reports on one of the final stages of the project, in which focus groups with teachers, parents, academics and children were conducted to discuss the development of guidelines on how to use the iPads with children with autism to improve their joint attention skills.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationDesign, User Experience, and Usability
    Subtitle of host publicationNovel User Experiences. DUXU 2016.
    EditorsA Marcus
    Place of PublicationCham
    PublisherSpringer
    Pages178-186
    Number of pages9
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-40355-7
    ISBN (Print)978-3-319-40354-0
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 22 Jun 2016

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
    PublisherSpringer
    Volume9747
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743

    Keywords

    • social communication
    • joint attention
    • ipads
    • guidelines

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    Mangafa, C., Moody, L., Woodcock, A., & Woolner, A. (2016). The Design of Guidelines for Teachers and Parents in the Use of iPads to Support Children with Autism in the Development of Joint Attention Skills. In A. Marcus (Ed.), Design, User Experience, and Usability: Novel User Experiences. DUXU 2016. (pp. 178-186). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science ; Vol. 9747). Springer . https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-40355-7_17