A tablet computer-assisted motor and language skills training programme to promote communication development in children with autism: development and pilot study

Weisblatt, E.J., Langensiepen, C. ORCID: 0000-0002-0165-9048, Cook, B., Dias, C., Plaisted Grant, K., Dhariwal, M., Fairclough, M.S., Friend, S.E., Malone, A.E., Varga-Elmiyeh, B., Rybicki, A., Karanth, P. and Belmonte, M.K. ORCID: 0000-0002-4633-9400, 2019. A tablet computer-assisted motor and language skills training programme to promote communication development in children with autism: development and pilot study. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, 35 (8), pp. 643-665. ISSN 1044-7318

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Abstract

Autism is a heterogenous condition, encompassing many different subtypes and presentations. Of those people with autism who lack communicative speech, some are more skilled at receptive language than their expressive difficulty might suggest. This disparity between what can be spoken and what can be understood correlates with motor and especially oral motor abilities, and thus may be a consequence of limits to oral motor skill. Point OutWords, tablet-based software targeted for this subgroup, builds on autistic perceptual and cognitive strengths to develop manual motor and oral motor skills prerequisite to communication by pointing or speaking. Although typical implementations of user-centred design rely on communicative speech, Point OutWords users were involved as co-creators both directly via their own nonverbal behavioural choices and indirectly via their communication therapists’ reports; resulting features include vectorised, high-contrast graphics, exogenous cues to help capture and maintain attention, customisable reinforcement prompts, and accommodation of open-loop visuomotor control.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction
Creators: Weisblatt, E.J., Langensiepen, C., Cook, B., Dias, C., Plaisted Grant, K., Dhariwal, M., Fairclough, M.S., Friend, S.E., Malone, A.E., Varga-Elmiyeh, B., Rybicki, A., Karanth, P. and Belmonte, M.K.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 2019
Volume: 35
Number: 8
ISSN: 1044-7318
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1080/10447318.2018.1550176DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 23 Nov 2018 13:55
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2020 03:00
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/35119

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