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Sensors 2017, 17(10), 2320; https://doi.org/10.3390/s17102320

AAL Platform with a “De Facto” Standard Communication Interface (TICO): Training in Home Control in Special Education

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Ingeniería Electrónica y Comunicaciones, Universidad de Zaragoza, María de Luna 1, 50018 Zaragoza, Spain
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Alborada Special Education School, Andador Pilar Cuartero sn, 50018 Zaragoza, Spain
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Received: 20 September 2017 / Revised: 6 October 2017 / Accepted: 9 October 2017 / Published: 12 October 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Context Aware Environments and Applications)
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Framed within a long-term cooperation between university and special education teachers, training in alternative communication skills and home control was realized using the “TICO” interface, a communication panel editor extensively used in special education schools. From a technological view we follow AAL technology trends by integrating a successful interface in a heterogeneous services AAL platform, focusing on a functional view. Educationally, a very flexible interface in line with communication training allows dynamic adjustment of complexity, enhanced by an accessible mindset and virtual elements significance already in use, offers specific interaction feedback, adapts to the evolving needs and capacities and improves the personal autonomy and self-confidence of children at school and home. TICO-home-control was installed during the last school year in the library of a special education school to study adaptations and training strategies to enhance the autonomy opportunities of its pupils. The methodology involved a case study and structured and semi-structured observations. Five children, considered unable to use commercial home control systems were trained obtaining good results in enabling them to use an open home control system. Moreover this AAL platform has proved efficient in training children in previous cognitive steps like virtual representation and cause-effect interaction. View Full-Text
Keywords: Ambient Assisted Living (AAL); accessible interfaces; special education; assistive technology; collaborative design; personal autonomy; services provision; human/system interactions Ambient Assisted Living (AAL); accessible interfaces; special education; assistive technology; collaborative design; personal autonomy; services provision; human/system interactions
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Guillomía San Bartolomé, M.A.; Falcó Boudet, J.L.; Artigas Maestre, J.I.; Sánchez Agustín, A. AAL Platform with a “De Facto” Standard Communication Interface (TICO): Training in Home Control in Special Education. Sensors 2017, 17, 2320.

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