Name, first nameOriol, GuillermoYear of birth1983UniversityZHDKField of Interest / research fieldInteraction / Game / Media DesignTitle of projectSocial Interactive Toy for Children with AutismAbstractSocial interaction is an essential part of a child’s early development stages. By interacting with others, children learn social behaviors such as sharing, cooperating or respecting the properties of others. While interacting and playing with other children they also develop their communication, cognitive, social and motor skills. Children with autism are often limited in the development of these areas as other children tend to exclude them from group activities and reject them simply by their different behavior. Furthermore children with autism which are impaired in their ability to interact with other children, often prefer solitude and repetitive actions. This problem causes the parents to search for special camps, school programs and extra activities that are specifically oriented to children with autism. In addition to the strain and frustration that the child endures, one should also consider the underlying problems which the parents face; the associated stress, which can, on the long term provoke a state of depression.
By connecting children with autism through interactive games or toys with other children, they would experience more play time in a real time situation with other children and therefore enhance their social skills, learn to collaborate and develop their cognitive, language, self-perception and motor skills.
TutorsKarmen Franinovic, Max Rheiner