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Augmented Interaction Systems for Supporting Autistic Children. Evolution of a Multichannel Expressive Tool: The SEMI Project Feasibility Study

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Institute of Information Science and Technologies, National Research Council (ISTI-CNR), 56124 Pisa, Italy
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Institute of Clinical Physiology, National Research Council (IFC-CNR), 56124 Pisa, Italy
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MAiC Foundation (Maria Assunta in Cielo Onlus), 51100 Pistoia, Italy
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Appl. Sci. 2019, 9(15), 3081; https://doi.org/10.3390/app9153081
Received: 7 June 2019 / Revised: 18 July 2019 / Accepted: 25 July 2019 / Published: 31 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Augmented Reality: Current Trends, Challenges and Prospects)
Background: Over the past ten years, the authors have been designing, developing, and testing pervasive technology to support children with autism (ASD). Methods: In the present study, an integrated system based on multimedia and augmented interaction technologies have been tested on young subjects with ASD and dyspraxia in the age range of 6–10 years, in charge for rehabilitation treatments; a team of clinical psychologists has analyzed the results of the experimentation. The ten children involved in the project underwent an initial assessment of praxis skills and motor coordination. Subsequently, the subjects were subdivided into two subgroups: five children participated in the experimentation and five were evaluated as the control group (treatment as usual). Results: The evaluation showed an increased score in the several aspects considered, and particularly those related to motor coordination. An improvement in balancing tests and in hands-movement testing was found. Conclusion: The children involved in the sessions showed greater ability to self-control the movement as well as to select specific motor areas. The methods used seem to be promising to improve emotional and social skills too in a motivating and enjoyable climate. A high level of acceptance by professionals was observed and parents’ feedback was also positive. View Full-Text
Keywords: multisensory experience; multimedia and sensory input; interaction design; augmented interaction; gesture tracking techniques; children with autism; assistive technology; healthcare multisensory experience; multimedia and sensory input; interaction design; augmented interaction; gesture tracking techniques; children with autism; assistive technology; healthcare
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Magrini, M.; Curzio, O.; Carboni, A.; Moroni, D.; Salvetti, O.; Melani, A. Augmented Interaction Systems for Supporting Autistic Children. Evolution of a Multichannel Expressive Tool: The SEMI Project Feasibility Study. Appl. Sci. 2019, 9, 3081. https://doi.org/10.3390/app9153081

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Magrini M, Curzio O, Carboni A, Moroni D, Salvetti O, Melani A. Augmented Interaction Systems for Supporting Autistic Children. Evolution of a Multichannel Expressive Tool: The SEMI Project Feasibility Study. Applied Sciences. 2019; 9(15):3081. https://doi.org/10.3390/app9153081

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Magrini, Massimo, Olivia Curzio, Andrea Carboni, Davide Moroni, Ovidio Salvetti, and Alessandra Melani. 2019. "Augmented Interaction Systems for Supporting Autistic Children. Evolution of a Multichannel Expressive Tool: The SEMI Project Feasibility Study" Applied Sciences 9, no. 15: 3081. https://doi.org/10.3390/app9153081

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