Acquisition of Social Abilities Through Musical Tangible User Interface: Children with Autism Spectrum Condition and the Reactable

TitleAcquisition of Social Abilities Through Musical Tangible User Interface: Children with Autism Spectrum Condition and the Reactable
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2012
Conference NameCHI'12
AuthorsVillafuerte, L., Markova M. S., & Jordà S.
Pagination745-760
Conference Start Date05/05/2012
PublisherACM
Conference LocationAustin, Texas
KeywordsAutism Spectrum Condition (ASC), Behavior Therapy, Collaboration, Music Therapy, Social Skills Training, Tangible Interface
AbstractThis study assesses the potential of the Reactable, a musical tangible user interface, to help in the acquisition of social interaction abilities in children with Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC). With this purpose, nine children with ASC participated in the research; the sample being its own control group, and a simple subject design was developed. The type of design was ABA (Basic Withdrawal). In addition to the statistical analysis, this study used qualitative methodological tools for analysis of outlier subjects and detection of atypical behavior for future research. The results show an increase in social interaction during the sessions, even for the non-verbal subjects.
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