Designing Accessible Visual Programming Tools for Children with Autism Spectrum Condition [article]

Misbahu S. Zubair, David J. Brown, Matthew Bates, Thomas Hughes-Roberts
2019 arXiv   pre-print
Visual Programming Tools (VPTs) allow users to create interactive media projects such as games and animations using visual representations of programming concepts. Although VPTs have been shown to have huge potential for teaching children with cognitive impairments including those with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC), research has shown that existing VPTs may not be accessible to them. Therefore, this study proposes a set of recommendations for the design of accessible VPTs for children with
more » ... . Recommendations were initially gathered and validated by interviewing experts (n=7). The interviews were thematically analysed to identify recommendations. A second set of interviews with a subset of the initial experts (n=3) was then conducted to validate the gathered recommendations. An examination of the available literature was then conducted to identify additional recommendations for the design of VPTs. These recommendations arose from those used for the design of other interactive applications for children with ASC (e.g. virtual environments, serious games) and not identified as part of those the initially gathered from interviews. A novel set of recommendations for the design of VPTs for children with ASC and additional cognitive impairments has been defined as the result of this study.
arXiv:1911.07624v1 fatcat:c56oz6h2pvbjjm7z45cufsnvba