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  1. 1. ABCD SW: Autistic Behavior & Computer-based Didactic Software Maria Claudia Buzzi - CNR/IIT Marina Buzzi - CNR/IIT Davide Gazzè - CNR/IIT Caterina Senette - CNR/IIT Maurizio Tesconi - CNR/IITW4A 2012 Microsoft Accessibility Challenge
  2. 2. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)Pervasive development disturbance• Difficulty/inability to communicate• Impaired social integrationASD includes: Autism, Asperger syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, etc. alarming trend: from 1/2.000 in 1980 to 1/150 in 2007 W4A 2012 Microsoft Accessibility Challenge – Lyon 16 April 2012
  3. 3. Conventional educational techniques are often not effective:• difficulty understanding spoken language• different sensorial perception (noise, contact, etc….)• difficulty concentrating• inability to communicate needs• difficulty/inability to accomplish tasks => (provoking frustration and “problem behaviors”) These numerous problems and needs require a personalized educational approach to best exploit the child’s abilities W4A 2012 Microsoft Accessibility Challenge – Lyon 16 April 2012
  4. 4.  Early and intensive intervention (beginning in preschool for at least 6 hours a day) produce significant improvement in knowledge and skills  high-functioning children with development corresponding to the normotype ABCD SW is specifically developed for kindergarten and primary school children W4A 2012 Microsoft Accessibility Challenge – Lyon 16 April 2012
  5. 5. Didactic software for low-functioning autistic children based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) The application has been split into 2 independent parts that may run on different devices: W4A 2012 Microsoft Accessibility Challenge – Lyon 16 April 2012
  6. 6. Distributed Web architecture: anytime, anyplace, any pace ABCD SW is a Web application coded in PHP and AJAX HTML5 Client The SW relies on the Drupal Content Management System (CMS) Advantages :  data organization  scalability  db population  native support for Multilanguage …W4A 2012 Microsoft Accessibility Challenge – Lyon 16 April 2012
  7. 7. • Accessible and Adaptive (perceivable, operable, comprehensible) – AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) – DTT (Discrete Trial Training ) – Changes according to child’s abilities: non-receptive and/or non-verbal• Simple/natural – A dedicated touch-screen device for the child – Similar to face-to-face sessions W4A 2012 Microsoft Accessibility Challenge – Lyon 16 April 2012
  8. 8. • Flexible (as required by psychologists and ABA tutors) – The SW guides ABA tutors in configuring the best intervention following the ABA principles – BUT it allows to make other configurations – if the Tutor wants to follow a different order in the Programs/Levels proposed W4A 2012 Microsoft Accessibility Challenge – Lyon 16 April 2012
  9. 9. • Simple to configure – The system randomly select distractors discarding elements similar in color and form – The R key allows to change distractors if not suitable• Fast – The tutor evaluates each trial pressing one key – 1-5: levels of prompt (0-100%) – C: child error – N: no collaboration – S: self stimulation – The tutor activates the reinforcement (0 key) and writes comments W4A 2012 Microsoft Accessibility Challenge – Lyon 16 April 2012
  10. 10. • Fast – No time required to realize teaching materials – Easy trial’s set upFurther Advantages – The Sw records all the data related to the child’s interaction – Fastly exchange of sessions’ information – Better monitoring of child’s progress – Possibility to realize epidemiology studies (anonymized data) W4A 2012 Microsoft Accessibility Challenge – Lyon 16 April 2012
  11. 11. • Open Source Join us! Together we are stronger…
  12. 12. Videohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sqa-enVAfjg
  13. 13. Demohttp://abcdsw.iit.cnr.it
  14. 14. http://abcd.iit.cnr.it/

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