Artism--An application for autism

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Artism

An art therapy app for autism children

OVERVIEW

Artism is an application that can teach autistic children to learn social and communication skills through stories and art.

OBJECTIVE

Our technology, Artism, integrates social stories and drawing game to guide children with ASD to achieve two main goals: the first one is recognition on basic, complex emotions in social story context and understanding the reasons behind emotional responses. The second one is learning to express their own emotions about social interaction incidents through art therapy. The whole process follows the educational pillars and aims to reach the educational and learning purpose.

 

PROCESS

Context study

Executive summary

Persona

Use Scenario

Feature narrative

Design inspiration

Low-fidelity wireframes
High-fidelity wireframes

Conclusion

​What we learned​

 

RESEARCH

CONTEXT STUDY

 2018 Autism’s estimated prevalence from CDC

The new estimate represents a 15 percent increase in prevalence nationally: to 1 in 59 children, from 1 in 68 two years previous.

 

​                                                                                         ——The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Faces carry a wealth of information about who we are, what we are feeling and what we are thinking.

 Picture from RentRoomi

Most of us can perform these face processing skills so accurately and effortlessly that we can be referred to as “face experts”

 

But children with Autism Spectrum Disorder are face "novice":

(1) Spend significantly less time looking at faces and eyes;

(2) Difficulty recognizing the facial identity;

(3) Difficulty interpreting facial expressions

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Individuals with ASD have impaired in recognizing facial emotion and identifying expression. But facial emotions are important non-verbal communication information because they are crucial and efficient signals to convey each other’s emotion and intention during the social interaction. 

The main skills for our target users need to practice are social interaction and communication skills. Thus, in our technology, we integrate social stories and art therapy into our technology to help autistic children recognize facial expression and learn how to communicate their emotions with others.

 

ANALYSIS

PERSONA

USE SCENARIO

 

IDEATION

FEATURE NARRATIVE

DESIGN INSPIRATION

"Waiting" social story

The picture Communication Symbols Book, by R. Mayer.Johnson, 1981

​Drawing drafts by handwriting

 

DESIGN

LOW-FIDELITY WIREFRAMES

HIGH-FIDELITY WIREFRAMES

Setting avatar page

Story page

Painting page

 

CONCLUSION

CONCLUSION

Children with ASD can learn emotional related topics through social stories and art therapy. In addition, they have positive attitudes toward technology and can be access to tablets with different tasks. The main skills for our target users need to practice are social interaction and communication skills. Thus, in our technology, we integrate social stories and art therapy into our technology.

WHAT WE LEARNED

Children with ASD can learn emotional related topics through social stories and art therapy. In addition, they have positive attitudes toward technology and can be access to tablets with different tasks. The main skills for our target users need to practice are social interaction and communication skills. Thus, in our technology, we integrate social stories and art therapy into our technology.