DESIGN FOR AUTISM

Planny is a plannig’s toolkit which helps children with autism at primary education to plan their own Design Based Learning (DBL) activity. A DBL activity can be very chaotic and unstructured. In particular, children with autism are not good in handling chaotic and unstructured situations. Planny helps to bring the structure back and supports children in working independently.

 

Every color on the toolkit represents a step of the process, e.g. doing research, coming up with solutions and creating a solution. For each step two different exercises are given. Together the children can decide which exercise they perform. In this way, they learn to make agreements and to plan an activity. Above all, they can create their own and unique design process.

 

Feb. 2016 - June 2016 | 1 student

Children with autism have difficulty with making and maintaining social relationships. Yet, social relationships are of high importance in people’s lives as they are fundamental in leading a normal and healthy life. Designing assistive technology could improve the effectiveness of increasing social interaction.

 

In order to grasp the current level of social interaction and how to possibly improve this, two encounters were built to creatively understand children with autism and their caregivers. One encounter was a pillow with stuffed animal pawns. The goal of this toy was to stimulate parallel play as well as joint attention. The other encounter was a building blocks game. This encounter was designed to invite children to have parallel- and cooperative play: 1) imitating, 2) sharing, and 3) working together.

LEARNING POINTS

TYPE
Project
 
PERIOD
SEPT. 2017
DEC. 2017
CLIENT
Lunet zorg, NL
 
DELIVERABLES
Report
Reflection

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