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vSked: evaluation of a system to support classroom activities for children with autism

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vSked: evaluation of a system to support classroom activities for children with autism
Visual schedules—the use of symbols to represent a series of activities or steps—have been successfully used by caregivers to help children with autism to understand, structure, and predict activities in their daily lives. Building from in-depth fieldwork and participatory design sessions, we developed vSked, an interactive and collaborative visual scheduling system designed for elementary school classrooms. We evaluated vSked in situ in one autismspecific classroom over three weeks. In this paper, we present the design principles, technical solution, and results from this successful deployment. Use of vSked resulted in reductions in staff effort required to use visual supports. vSked also resulted in improvements in the perceived quality and quantity of communication and social interactions in the classroom. AUTHOR KEYWORDS Visual supports, autism, education, assistive technology ACM CLASSIFICATION KEYWORDS K.3.1 Computers and Education: Computer Uses in Education; K.4.2 Computer...
Sen H. Hirano, Michael T. Yeganyan, Gabriela Marcu
Added 03 Jul 2010
Updated 03 Jul 2010
Type Conference
Year 2010
Where CHI
Authors Sen H. Hirano, Michael T. Yeganyan, Gabriela Marcu, David H. Nguyen, Lou Anne Boyd, Gillian R. Hayes
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