Autism is a developmental disability with no clear cause. Most experts believe that Autism manifests itself genetically and has no cure. The condition’s full name is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), meaning that there is a near-infinite amount of iterations of levels of severity/functionality, but the varying levels are commonly classified into distinct spectrums of the degree of severity. The two most common forms of Autism are the Autistic Disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome and feature the following symptoms:
The aims and focus of the project
This project seeks to add to the e-Motion suite of games for children diagnosed with Autism and Asperger’s, as developed previously. However, your focus can fall upon any learning disability/ difficulty. The goal is to develop a series of stimulating and meaningful solutions to enhance the children’s overall learning experience (if the solutions can be multifunctional, it’s even better). You will need to work with your target audience in mind in order to attain the best possible results.
HOW WE HELPED
The initial idea for this group was a multi-sense or a stimulation room. In the stimulation room, the group thought about designing it in such a way where it would help children develop themselves but at the same time, make a place where they feel safe and where they can be themselves and also learn at a paste that the children feel comfortable with.
WHAT WE DID
Alphabet wall: Lower case, making it easier for children to learn. This is going to be an interactive wall where children can take down the alphabets and hold and fell them. These alphabets are going to be designed out of a soft material that will not be harmful to children and it will also be easily accessible to parents who wish to self-set up a room like this in their homes.
Emoji wall: Some research shows that children with autism have trouble understanding facial expressions and children also have an extremely difficult time expressing emotions so our group thought of designing an emoji wall where it will be made out of pillows. The pillows will be cartoon characters that will each have a different expression on it and when you flip the pillow around, it will give you the name of the emotion.
Wave wall: This will be a texturized wall with different materials on it so that children and be calmed, touch and feel.
Draw wall: Research shows that there are certain activates that you can do with children to help with their development. Our group decided on activities like math, self-skills, numbers and other activities that and help so this is what this wall can be made of.