Teaching Noah

Overview

I designed and implemented an adaptive keyboard interface for children with Autism.

Over the last 20 years, the reported cases of diagnosed Autism has grown from a 1/200, to staggering 1/70. The tools to aid in behavioral development and sensory integration have skipped the impact tactile component.

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Conclusion

I tested the case and app with a few autistic students in Oakland, and discovered a wider range of needs and personal customization needed on a per-student basis. Behaviorists working with students would use tangible cards and blocks for their training sessions, while teachers would typically add technology to the “play” station. Students did play for a moment, but their association with the iPad was not as a learning tool, but a play tool.

The most significant need that surfaced in these studies was a more impact resistant ipad case, that could be suctioned to a desk and register movements of the iPad to correspond to rewarding animations and sounds.

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