Pervasive Computing Paradigms for Mental Health. Selected Papers from MindCare 2016, Fabulous 2016, and IIoT 2015

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A Play Therapy Based Full-Body Interaction Intervention Tool for Children with Autism

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-319-74935-8_4,
        author={Joan Mora-Guiard and Ciera Crowell and Narcis Pares},
        title={A Play Therapy Based Full-Body Interaction Intervention Tool for Children with Autism},
        proceedings={Pervasive Computing Paradigms for Mental Health. Selected Papers from MindCare 2016, Fabulous 2016, and IIoT 2015},
        proceedings_a={MINDCARE \& IIOT \& FABULOUS},
        year={2018},
        month={3},
        keywords={Autism ASD Play therapy Full-body interaction},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-319-74935-8_4}
    }
    
  • Joan Mora-Guiard
    Ciera Crowell
    Narcis Pares
    Year: 2018
    A Play Therapy Based Full-Body Interaction Intervention Tool for Children with Autism
    MINDCARE & IIOT & FABULOUS
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-74935-8_4
Joan Mora-Guiard1,*, Ciera Crowell1,*, Narcis Pares1,*
  • 1: University Pompeu Fabra
*Contact email: joan.mora@upf.edu, ciera.crowell@upf.edu, narcis.pares@upf.edu

Abstract

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are characterized by social and communication difficulties, which can result in challenges forming relationships with peers and taking part in imaginative play. Play Therapy creates recreational spaces where children can learn social skills in an exploratory and creative manner. As children with ASD have a unique affinity towards computer based systems, play therapy approaches using Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have proved useful in maintaining player motivation and engagement. In this article we will present an intervention tool inspired by play therapy that we have designed using full-body interaction technology, which has been successful in fostering social behaviors in children with ASD.