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Tablet-Based Activity Schedule for Children with Autism in Mainstream Environment

Charles Fage 1 Léonard Pommereau 1 Charles Consel 1, 2 Emilie Balland 1 Hélène Sauzéon 1 
1 Phoenix - Programming Language Technology For Communication Services
LaBRI - Laboratoire Bordelais de Recherche en Informatique, Inria Bordeaux - Sud-Ouest, EA4136 - Handicap et système nerveux :Action, communication, interaction: rétablissement de la fonction et de la participation [Bordeaux]
Abstract : Including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in mainstreamed environments creates a need for new interventions whose efficacy must be assessed in situ. This paper presents a tablet-based application for activ- ity schedules that has been designed following a partic- ipatory design approach involving mainstream teachers, special-education teachers and school aides. This appli- cations addresses two domains of activities: classroom routines and verbal communications. We assessed the efficiency of our application with a study involving 10 children with ASD in mainstream inclusion (5 children are equipped and 5 are not equipped). We show that (1) the use of the application is rapidly self- initiated (after two months for almost all the partici- pants) and that (2) the tablet-supported routines are differently executed over time according to the activity domain conditions. Importantly, compared to the con- trol children, the equipped children exhibited more class- room and communication routines correctly performed after three month of intervention.
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Charles Fage, Léonard Pommereau, Charles Consel, Emilie Balland, Hélène Sauzéon. Tablet-Based Activity Schedule for Children with Autism in Mainstream Environment. ASSETS 2014 - The 16th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, ACM SIGACCESS, Oct 2014, Rochester, United States. ⟨10.1145/2661334.2661369⟩. ⟨hal-01016044⟩



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