Researchers create system for autistic children

Design researchers from Coventry University have created what claims to be the first education and activity area for children with autism which can be used in mainstream schools.

The environment aims to enable teachers to educate and integrate children with special needs within conventional school environments. The Positive Spectrum system can be tailored for individual needs and based around the senses, engaging children through vision, sound, movement and touch.

The system comprises a computer, tailor-made software, a projector, video camera and speakers. Traditional strip lighting is swapped for daylight bulbs and an LED lighting system, along with hypoallergenic flooring and a padded projection screen. Rooms are painted white, with black blinds to block out light and noise from outside.

Darryl Georgiou from Coventry University’s School of Art and Design, says: ‘We have been careful not to overload children with bright colours or noise, while providing a space where they can develop their skills. There have been ground-breaking steps made in developing the ability of autistic children to communicate.’

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